equal footing."

Fran Ulmer

Lt. Governor, Alaska

Ulmer started her career in Alaska politics and government almost as soon as she arrived in Alaska in 1973. Lately, Ulmer has been pushing wireless technology to improve communications in rural parts of the state.

Technology challenge: "Maintaining progress in digital government in the face of growing economic pressures and increased security needs. The nation's recession and state budget deficits will create pressure to reduce financial and human resources devoted to investment and innovation in technology. Although the application of technology often increases efficiency and customer satisfaction, it can't happen without the necessary commitment of personnel and IT hardware and software."

Aldona Valicenti

Chief Information Officer, Kentucky

Aldona Valicenti is a familiar presence wherever digital government is discussed. Over the past year, her tenure as president of NASCIO has raised the organization to new levels. Her accomplishments in Kentucky have garnered honors and attention from jurisdictions throughout the nation.

Technology challenge: "Funding of digital government and selecting services to deploy in a difficult budget cycle will be at the top of the list. Security of the infrastructure is equally critical and has now taken center stage, but there is a strong commitment to safeguard the privacy of our citizens. Cultural change and business redesign will continue as top issues. Possibly the most important challenge is for government to assess the skills of its employees to be able to support this new way of doing business. The bottom line is that 2002 may turn out to be the year that we take the opportunity to integrate all of the facets of digital government."