This paper discusses how a plan execution system could be used to assist in a knowledge management task, such as searching a set of databases for a relevant document. PARETO is a plan execution system based on the as-needed expansion of a hierarchy of sketchy plans. It has been adapted for use in several different domains. There are sev-eral problems that would arise in adapting PARETO to assist in a knowl-edge management task such as searching for a relevant document in a proprietary intranet. However, there are also advantages that would be provided by the use of such a system.