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OMB issues e-gov guidance

The Office of Management and Budget released new guidance last week out-lining the process agencies must use to request money from the central e-government fund.

The E-Government Act of 2002 authorizes $345 million over four years to supply a central fund for cross-agency initiatives. It also required OMB to develop a standard process for accepting and reviewing proposals to use the fund.

The fund is held by the General Services Administration but is administered by OMB. The guidance lays out a multistep process for agencies to receive those funds.

IAC advice to OMB

The Industry Advisory Council will offer recommendations this summer to the Office of Management and Budget on how to face the 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, 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.

Many initiative leaders are working toward developing a formal structure. So far, they have relied on cooperation, said Oscar Morales, project director for the e-Rulemaking initiative at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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


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