OMB to e-gov partners: Show us the money you need

OMB to e-gov partners: Show us the money you need

The Office of Management and Budget is asking the agencies managing the 24 e-government initiatives to detail their resources needs so OMB can use its authority under the Clinger-Cohen Act to better allocate funding.

Mark Forman, OMB associate director for IT and e-government, last week sent a memo to project leaders outlining the plan. He said the estimates should include money, personnel resources and in-kind contribution requirements, such as hardware and software, for each initiative. A plan on how agencies will share redundant resources will be in place by the end of next month, Forman added.

“The CIOs agreed we had to get funding and resource decisions made by the end of June,” Forman said. “We are going to pull all the data together and will work with agencies to share resources through a memorandum of understanding or through Clinger-Cohen authorities.”

The Online Rule-making initiative is the first project that will combine redundant resources. OMB director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. sent a memo May 3 to agency heads evoking Clinger-Cohen authorities to consolidate rule-making systems.

The Transportation Department, which is managing Online Rule-making, will redo the project’s business case to include a technical assessment of the disparate systems it will consolidate. Forman said the business case is due by mid-July.

Meanwhile, OMB will review agencies’ 2003 budget requests to identify duplicate technology investments and redistribute resources to the appropriate e-government projects.

Daniels said agencies this year will spend $28 million on online rule-making systems and an estimated $32 million next year.

OMB set a Dec. 31deadline for the creation of a front end for a new online rule-making system, but Forman said the new Web site would be up well before the deadline.

Forman said the reasons for forcing the consolidation of systems were many. He said a combination of a lack of cooperation and a need for speed in delivering services played a big role. Plus, the Online Rule-making team requested “strong definitive guidance from OMB,” he added.

About the Author

Connect with the GCN staff on Twitter @GCNtech.


  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected


Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.