Clinton Budget Puts IT to Work in Local Communities
- By John Monroe
- Mar 05, 2000
President Clinton's proposed budget for fiscal 2001 earmarks $175 million
for technology to help state and local governments improve the quality of
life in their communities.
The funding, part of the administration's "Livable Communities" program,
includes $125 million to bolster technology initiatives in law enforcement
and $50 million to help local communities improve land planning through
Vice President Al Gore launched Livable Communities last June to help
state and local agencies avoid "urban sprawl," in which a city grows so
quickly that traffic, crime and land development grow out of control.
The federal government aims to work with communities to exchange information
and ideas about "smart" growth, in which they develop strategies for managing
the changes that growth brings to a community.
With his 2001 budget, Clinton wants to put technology to work on the
Clinton proposed funding three law enforcement initiatives:
* $70 million for states to improve the quality and accessibility of
criminal history records and for states to integrate their systems with
* $35 million in grants to state and local government agencies to improve
technology in crime laboratories.
* $15 million to improve the ability of law enforcement to match crime
scene DNA to the FBI's national DNA database.
The proposed $50 million for land planning would fund an interagency community/
federal information partnership to give local agencies better access to
geographic information systems technology. GIS, according to the proposal,
"will help communities to make more informed, collaborative decisions about
regional growth, land-use and natural resource management."
About half the money would be available as competitive, matching grants
to local, regional and national non-federal agencies and organizations to
develop GIS-based programs. The other half will go toward improving public
access to geographic data managed by federal agencies.
For more information on the program, go to www.livablecommunities.gov.