Where e-government and e-business compete
- By William Matthews
- Nov 12, 2000
Employment services: The Labor Department runs America's Job Bank, which
posts 1.5 million jobs for free. Private employment firms offer similar
Coin sales: The U.S. Mint became a major competitor in the collectible
coin and jewelry business in 1999 when it began selling such products online.
Population trends: The Census Bureau provides increasingly detailed
information on the U.S. population, from income to lifestyle habits, competing
with marketing analysts.
Financial news: The Securities and Exchange Commission's fast electronic
posting of corporate financial filings directly competes with commercial
Electronic bill paying: The U.S. Postal Service joined financial services
companies this spring by offering bill consolidation and payment services
for a fee.
Tax filing: The IRS has discussed offering electronic tax preparation
services to encourage more taxpayers to file online, which would directly
compete with commercial tax preparers.
Sources: FCW and "The Role of Government in a Digital Age"