Press Releases: E-Gov & IT General
February 19, 2003
Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Unveils E-Government Strategic Plan
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today electronically signed into action the Labor Department’s E-Government Strategic Plan.
”Our plan provides the blueprint for transforming the Labor Department into a ‘digital department,’“ Chao said. ”We are leading the way into the 21st century by offering American citizens an easy way to interact with the federal government.“
The Labor Department’s E-Government Strategic Plan, ”A Call To Action,“ was developed in response to President Bush’s request for expanded electronic government. The President called for the improved management and performance of the federal government through a more citizen-centered, results-oriented approach in the President’s Management Agenda of August, 2001 and again in signing the E-Government Act of 2002 on Dec. 17, 2002.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recognized the efforts underway at the Department of Labor when it awarded the department its top grades among Cabinet-level agencies on the President’s Management Agenda Scorecard earlier this month. In the last year, the Department of Labor has successfully launched two Web sites, www.GovBenefits.gov and www.DisabilityInfo.gov, to serve as one-stop on-line resources for government benefits information and programs for disabled workers, respectively. Other ongoing E-Government efforts include the department’s National Call Center, eProcurement and eGrants initiatives, and development of a common e-mail system and public key infrastructure initiatives.
”We are vastly improving our customer service by making our Web-based resources more accessible and changing the way we communicate internally and with citizens,“ added Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management Patrick Pizzella, who serves as the Department of Labor’s chief information officer.
U.S. Representative Adam Putnam (R-FL), OMB Associate Director for IT and E-Government Mark Forman and Deputy Secretary of Labor Cameron Findlay, joined Secretary Chao and Assistant Secretary Pizzella for today’s event.
For more information about the Department’s E-Government Strategic Plan, including a webcast of the event and copies of the plan, you can visit www.dol.gov.