MEMORANDUM FOR SELECTED HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
E-Government survey by the Pew Foundation shows that over 52 million Americans go to government Web sites to find recreation, the number one type of information sought after by the "e-Citizen." The purpose of this memorandum is to advise selected agency heads of our intention to consolidate IT systems relating to recreation reservations systems as part of the President's Recreation One Stop Initiative. Currently, the Federal Government operates a number of reservation systems for federal recreational facilities. Multiple government reservation systems make it difficult for the public to find and make reservations. Establishing a one-stop Federal recreational reservation system will make it easier for citizens to use Federal parks and recreation facilities. At the same time, consolidating reservation systems will benefit the taxpayers, because maintaining a single recreation reservation system is more efficient and cost-effective than having multiple agencies operate their own reservation systems.
Pursuant to Section 5113 of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, OMB evaluates the information resources management practices of the executive agencies with respect to the performance and results of information technology investments. OMB has already identified two Federal recreation reservation systems that can be consolidated. Spending on these systems totals approximately $12 M in 2003:
Cross-Agency Project Management Office.
This consolidation is an important step in realizing the President's goal of making government citizen centered, by eliminating redundant agency-centered systems. OMB is reviewing recreational reservation systems in other agencies to identify other programs that should be included in this government-wide system, so that the public can be spared the time, expense, and hassle of having to go from one Federal Web site to another in order to make their recreational plans. OMB staff may contact your agency for help in obtaining information about the recreational opportunities that your agency offers. I am asking for your agency's assistance in this effort, so that we can realize the President's goal of leveraging E-Government to improve the services that the Federal Government provides
to citizens while at the same time reducing the costs to the taxpayer.
The OMB point of contact for this initiative is Jonathan Womer, Government-to-Citizen
Portfolio Manager, 202-395-0369, firstname.lastname@example.org.