Facing off on e-gov
- By William Matthews
- Apr 30, 2001
President Bush and Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) are not far apart on some elements of e-government. Here are some areas of comparison between Lieberman's e-government bill and President Bush's budget proposal for fiscal 2002.
|Federal chief information officer||A CIO would head a new Office of Information Policy and report to the director of the Office of Management and Budget. ||Duties would be assigned to OMB deputy director for management.
|E-government fund||$200 million a year would be allocated to help fund cross-agency projects.||$20 million would be allocated in 2002; $100 million over three years.
|Citizen-centric government||Lieberman believes e-government offers an opportunity to align government interactions with customer needs rather than agency boundaries. ||Bush believes that providing access to information and services is only the first step in e-government. Agencies are to work together to consolidate similar functions around the needs of citizens and businesses.
|Portal||Building on the FirstGov portal would permit access to all online government information and services through a single, functionally arranged Web page.||Building on the foundation of FirstGov, the federal government should create a portal to provide online information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It should be searchable by topic rather than by agency.
|Electronic signatures||Allocate $7 million to develop a "bridge" so that otherwise incompatible digital signatures can be used by various agencies.||Develop digital signatures that can be accepted across agencies for secure online communications.
|Procurement||Changes in the law would make it easier for agencies to use contracts that pay contractors with a portion of savings and let agencies keep some savings for additional IT expenditures.||With spending on service contracts at $110 billion a year, the federal agencies should rely on performance-based contracts wherever possible. Savings could reach $8.3 billion over five years.