Daniels has had a tough time finding a strong candidate willing to take on the job of deputy director for management at OMB. But that person will serve as the chief information officer for the federal government and will attempt to better integrate the $45 billion to $70 billion that agencies spend on IT each year. "In most areas of life, I consider myself a libertarian," Daniels said. "When it comes to IT, I favor dictatorship." President Bush has made seamless e-government one of his top management objectives. Mark Forman, the new associate director for information technology and e-government at OMB, is heading up a task force to create an e-government action plan for the Bush administration. Because agencies, and even offices within agencies, pursue IT projects separately, the government will have a tough time creating an integrated e-government infrastructure, Daniels said. "Money is spent in a centrifugal way," he said.
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