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For nearly three years, the Administration, as part of President George W. Bush’s goal of expanding electronic government, has been working on ways to improve how the government provides services internally and to citizens, businesses, and state and local governments.

In the fall of 2001 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Federal agencies identified 24 E-Government Initiatives. Operated and supported by agencies, these Initiatives are providing high-quality and well-managed solutions for tax filing, federal rulemaking and e-training among others. The 24 are divided among four key portfolios: Government to Citizen, Government to Business, Government to Government, and Internal Efficiency and Effectiveness. E-Authentication is a separate initiative that provides secure and robust authentication services to the 24 Initiatives.

In the spring of 2004, OMB announced the formation of five Line of Business task forces. These five Initiatives were identified by a thorough review of agency enterprise architecture data. The task forces are analyzing this data to identify ways in which services commonly found in numerous agencies can be provided in a more efficient manner.

In the spring of 2005, OMB kicked off the Information Technology (IT) Security Line of Business task force. This task force is working toward identifying problems and proposing solutions to strengthen the ability of all agencies to identify and manage information security risks, as well as implementing improved, consistent, and measurable information security processes and controls across government. The task force is also looking for opportunities for savings or cost-avoidance through reduced duplication and economies of scale.