The Governance of Government On-line


In January 2001, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) asked the Public Policy Forum to conduct interviews and related research on the federal government’s governance of the Government On-Line (GOL) initiative and to prepare a report on its findings. The goal was to ensure that, as GOL moves to a new phase, appropriate leadership and management mechanisms are in place to help the government achieve this ambitious transformation initiative.

In response to this request, the PPF took a number of steps that led to this report. At the heart of the project was a series of interviews in February and March 2001 with GOL leaders and key stakeholders in the federal government. Those interviewed included the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Secretary of the Treasury Board, 12 members of the deputy minister-level TBSAC Information Management Subcommittee (TIMS), ten members of the assistant deputy minister-level Information Management Board (most of whom are also the GOL “lead” in their department or agency), five other GOL leads, and interested senior officials in TBS, Privy Council Office (PCO), and Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).