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Alan Kowlowitz
Alan Kowlowitz

Specialty
  • Electronic records management and preservation
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Information security management, policy and standards

Brief Bio
Alan has brought his 32 years of experience with the New York State Archives and the former Office for Technology (OFT) (now Information Technology Services (ITS)) to CTG as a Government Fellow. He is presently a consultant with the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC) within its Information Security practice. Alan is applying his deep knowledge of NYS government, its critical challenges, and his expertise in electronic records management and preservation, information security, information policy development, identity management, open government and other areas to CTG projects. He has authored, co-authored or edited a number of CTG publications focused on electronic records management, information sharing, and access to government information. Alan has also participated in CTG projects that range from developing tools to assist organizations in developing content management systems to the role of public libraries within an open government ecosystem.

During his tenure at both the State Archives and OFT, Alan was involved with CTG projects in various capacities. While at the State Archives he co-authored and was principal State Archives participant in the Models for Action project. While at OFT he served on the Advisory Group for Gateways project and cooperated with CTG on many other e-Government initiatives.

Alan was on the staff of the State Archives between 1979-1999 where he helped establish and then manage that institution’s electronic records program. He also assisted OFT in drafting New York State’s Electronic Signatures and Records Act (ESRA). Between 2000-2004, Alan served on the OFT team that developed the ESRA regulations and guidelines and established the State’s e-Government/e-Commerce Program. During his tenure with both the State Archives and OFT, Alan has had extensive experience working with local governments on electronic records and e-government issues. As a member of the NYSTEC Security Practice he has worked on risk assessments and reviews for State agencies focused on FISMA and HIPAA compliance.

Selected Publications
G. Brian Burke, Alan Kowlowitz, Theresa Pardo, and Megan Sutherland, Enabling Open Government for All: A Road Map for Public Libraries, Center for Technology in Government, 2014

Anthony M. Cresswell, Theresa A. Pardo, Donna S. Canestraro, Sharon S. Dawes, Dubravka Juraga, and Alan Kowlowitz (Editor), Government Information Sharing: A Planning Toolkit, Center for Technology in Government, 2013

Theresa A. Pardo, Sharon S. Dawes, Anthony M. Cresswell, and Alan Kowlowitz (editor), Opening Gateways: A Practical Guide for Designing Information Access Programs, Center for Technology in Government, 2012


Kowlowitz, Alan & Aveni, John. Report to the Governor and Legislature on New York State's Electronic Signatures and Records Act, New York State Office for Technology, November 1, 2004.

Kowlowitz, Alan. NYS Best Practice Guidelines # G04-001 Electronic Signatures and Records (ESRA) Guidelines, New York State Office for Technology, May 2004.

Education
  • Northern Illinois University, (PhD courses completed in 1979) (American History)
  • MA, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Sociology and History), 1976, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A., Political Science, 1972, State University of New York at Binghamton