My endorsement: Tech-savvy leadership
By Mary Ellis
I am happy that The Post endorsed Martin O’Malley for governor. I am a Democrat, and I support Mr. O’Malley mainly because he understands the importance of using up-to-date computer technology to run our state government. As mayor of Baltimore, he championed the use of data analysis and mapping for performance management in a program called CitiStat, modeled on one introduced by Rudy Giuliani to fight crime in New York. As governor, he supported similar programs: StateStat and BayStat. These innovations have undeniably cut costs and delivered services more efficiently, but they have also promoted by example another O’Malley strength: educational opportunities in technology for both our young people and our workforce. Not surprisingly, Mr. O’Malley’s work has since been imitated across the United States.
This year, he received an award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to promote government performance excellence through sound information technology solutions, policies and practice.” I think we can use four more years of that.
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