Report calls for e-gov fund
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Mar 23, 2000
To speed up the pace of electronic government, Congress and the administration
should establish a $500 million annual digital government fund, according
to a report drafted by the Democratic Leadership Council's Progressive Policy
The account would provide a pool of money to fund federal cross-agency
e-government initiatives, according to a draft of the PPI report scheduled
for release today by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), Rep. Jim Turner (D-Texas)
and others. Agencies should be required to match these funds, the report
The report also recommends:
* Appointing a federal chief information officer who would report directly
to the president and oversee a digital government plan.
* Allowing agencies to keep any savings that result from digital government
projects to fund future projects. Normally, agencies would have to return
such savings to the Treasury Department.
* Expanding funding for agencies to develop new digital applications.
The report also noted that Congress and the administration have not
done enough to encourage the growth of digital government. It cited at least
four factors that have hindered progress:
* Lack of top-level agency and governmentwide leadership.
* Lack of funding and flexibility to implement e-government projects.
* Prevalence of a traditional "agency-centric" approach.
* Lack of pressure for change.