IAC to offer advice on e-gov governance

OMB E-Gov site

Related Links

IAC E-Gov SIG

The Industry Advisory Council will offer recommendations this summer to the Office of Management and Budget on how to face the governance challenges posed by cross-agency e-government efforts.

The IAC E-Government Shared Interest Group's Government Advisory Board approached the industry association asking for assistance in this area as the initiatives move toward full implementation, said Tricia Iveson, vice chairwoman of the shared interest group. She was speaking at the general interest meeting held by the group May 14.

Developing those recommendations will not be easy because every initiative has slightly different challenges.

Some already have a fairly extensive governance structure in place, such as the Grants.gov initiative for moving the federal grants process online, which has a full-fledged interagency executive board and a working board. That arrangement is proving to be effective as a way to develop strategies, determine funding, conduct outreach activities and other actions necessary to move the initiative forward, said Charles Havekost, program manager for the initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The biggest problem at this point is getting the agencies involved to feel that the Grants.gov initiative is something they need and that will help them, instead of something they are being forced to participate in, he said.

Others, including those involved in the e-Rulemaking initiative, are working toward developing a formal structure. So far, the initiative leaders have been relying on cooperation, said Oscar Morales, program manager for e-rulemaking at the Environmental Protection Agency.

E-rulemaking leaders are forming an executive board of all of the chief information officers of the agencies involved in the initiative, but that came about mostly because the CIOs wondered what was happening when they got a letter requesting funding from EPA CIO Kim Nelson, he said.

Meanwhile, e-government leaders attending the meeting cited a common challenge: the culture change of thinking about common goals among agencies instead of unique goals, and the process and funding changes that go along with that.

Explaining that concept and getting everyone to believe in it has been a significant challenge, said Sara Hebert, the Transportation Security Administration's e-government program manager.

"We're supposed to solve the right business problems the first time around," and that cannot be done by the information technology officials within an agency, she said. The need and the process must be set by the business officials before the IT staff can come in.

"We need to look at issues from a strategic perspective," she said. "Processes must be in place so change is sustained; otherwise, we will shortchange the value of IT."

Featured

  • 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

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.