Friday, June 24, 2005

Bush dissolves IT advisory group

Aliya Sternstein writes in

President Bush has let a council of independent information technology experts lapse.

The President's IT Advisory Committee (
PITAC) has been shut down and will not examine any other issues, a committee member said.

After releasing a June 16 report on U.S. competitiveness in computation science, PITAC had planned to take a broad look at IT research and development, as a follow-up to its 1999 report, according to PITAC members.

PITAC is a congressionally mandated committee comprised of industry and academic experts appointed by the president. At the moment, the committee is vacant. The president's executive order establishing the most recent PITAC expired June 1, and Bush did not reappoint current members or select new members.


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