OMB, CIO Council will measure agencies’ e-gov success

The CIO Council and the Office of Management and Budget have agreed to the criteria that agencies must meet to achieve e-government success.

The council and OMB outlined goals in four categories: expanded e-government, cross-agency collaboration, cybersecurity and privacy, and IT human resources management. The council detailed the criteria, which agencies must meet by Sept. 30, in its fiscal 2004 strategic plan.

OMB deputy director for management Clay Johnson also explained the measures for success in a memorandum to the President’s Management Council, which is made up of deputy secretaries.

"The CIO Council plays an instrumental role in governing the activities and commitments required, as well as communicating and facilitating the adoption of these changes throughout the agencies," the council’s strategic plan noted.

  • Expanded e-government: The goal is for at least 80 percent of the 25 Quicksilver initiatives to be fully deployed and to redirect $100 million in redundant spending.


  • Cross-agency collaboration: The administration wants 80 percent of agencies to define and implement their enterprise architectures, each agency to implement at least one IT initiative that affects a significant number of citizens, and agencies jointly to spend $50 million less on salary and expenses over the course of the year. Additionally, the administration wants a 5 percent reduction in spending for four lines of business: criminal investigations case management, financial management, human resources and public health monitoring.


  • Cybersecurity: OMB will continue to push agencies to certify and accredit at least 80 percent of their systems by Dec. 31 and to classify applications based on the administration’s E-Authentication risk assessment guidance.


  • IT human resources management: OMB wants the council to work with the Office of Personnel Management to reduce the time it takes to hire certain IT professionals.

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