FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2009
Contact: OMB Communications, 202-395-7254
CURRENT STATE OF E-GOVERNMENT AND LOOK AHEAD TO 2009
Washington, DC — The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) E-Government and IT (E-Gov) released today the Expanding E-Government Results Report,Q1 FY2009 Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) status update, Federal CIO Council Transition Guide, Report to Congress on the Benefits of the E-Government Initiatives, and government Shared Service Centers for Certification & Accreditation Services through the Information Systems Security Line of Business.
Expanding E-Government Results
The Federal Government continues to improve services and deliver results through the adoption and implementation of the E-Gov initiatives and common government wide solutions. The departments and agencies continue to make great improvements in the area of security and privacy. The Expanding E-Government Results Report also includes the Administrator’s past and current performance report.
“I take pride in the fact we have delivered on the promise of value driven and accountable IT, structured to execute on behalf of the mission and business of government, better serving the American people and those devoted to government service,” said Karen Evans, Administrator of E-Government and IT. “Due to these achievements, the next Administration will be poised to take on great new initiatives to benefit the American taxpayer.”
HSPD-12 Issues Q1 Update
Many of the E-Gov initiatives are driven through implementation efforts underway for the requirements, included in HSPD-12.
For the Q1 – FY09 (period ending Dec. 31, 2008):
- 1.8 million (1,773,513) employees/contractors were issued PIVs (31% of total required)
- Since Oct. 27, 2008 - 180,322 additional employees/contractor PIVs have been issued
- Of the 27 scorecard agencies 19 (70%) have Q1-FY2009 updates
Federal CIO Council Presents Transition Guide
The Federal CIO Council and OMB have worked closely together to improve government performance and promote citizen-centric services through the effective use of information technology. This cooperative effort has already delivered significant results.
To help the transition to the new Administration, the CIO Council has developed the Federal CIO Council Transition Guide to assist newly designated Agency heads and other senior leaders to both understand the role of the Federal CIO Council and to begin the conversation of identifying additional opportunities to share information and improve the Government’s performance, effectiveness and efficiency.
“Our Federal Government’s information leadership team has made significant progress towards creating an information advantage for our nation and our citizens,” said Evans. “The effectiveness and agility created through information sharing - getting the right information to the right person at the right time - not only allows us to be better at what we do, it also allows us to accomplish things we’ve never been able to do before.”
This is a tremendous moment of opportunity, and the Transition Guide focuses attention on several key areas of interest, including:
- Empowering the Government through Information Sharing
- Protecting the Networks and Systems Required to Operate in the Information Age
- Tapping the Power of a Collaborative Citizenry
- Leveraging Scale-Economies and Combined Expertise to Achieve Best Practices and Act as an “Enterprise”
- Ensuring the Federal Government is an “Employer of Choice”
- Focusing on Environmental Responsibility
E-Government Submits Benefits Report to Congress
OMB submitted to Congress its fourth annual “Report to Congress on the Benefits of the E-Government Initiatives”. The report outlines the purpose of the E-Government and Line of Business Initiatives and highlights the benefits agencies receive from the initiatives to which they provide funding contributions. Also included are details of initiative funding by each Agency or bureau.
Selected examples of how citizens and Federal employees are benefiting through the use of the Presidential E-Government Initiatives include:
- GovBenefits.gov - GovBenefits.gov provides a single point of access for citizens to locate information and determine potential eligibility for government benefits and services.
- Since 2002, the site attracted more than 31 million visitors and generated over 23.4 million referrals to government benefit programs, receiving approximately 388,000 visits per month. GovBenefits.gov received 4.65 million visitors in FY08, a 45% increase over FY07.
- Grants.gov - Grants.gov is the Federal one-stop online portal where potential grant recipients can find and apply for on over 1,000 grant programs – representing more than $450 billion dollars awarded by the 26 grant-making agencies and other Federal grant-making organizations.
- In September 2008, Grants.gov received the 200,000th electronic grant application submission for Fiscal Year 2008. In fact, Grants.gov received 16% more submissions in Fiscal Year 2008 than in 2007, or 172,058 submissions.
- Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) - The Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) initiative is an operational, secure business environment that facilitates and supports cost-effective acquisition of goods and services by agencies.
- Through the use of government-wide business-oriented systems, IAE is able to eliminate business process inefficiencies and storage of duplicative information for Federal acquisition. Agencies realized an estimated cost avoidance of $5,649,656 and estimated operational cost savings of $30,820,828.
“The E-Government initiatives serve citizens, businesses, and federal employees by delivering high quality services more effectively and at a lower overall cost,” said Evans. “Instead of expensive, single-agency operations, agencies work together to develop common solutions which achieve mission requirements at reduced overall cost, thereby making resources available for higher priority needs.”
Shared Service Centers for Certification & Accreditation Services Designated through the Information Systems Security Line of Business
OMB announced government Shared Service Centers for Certification & Accreditation Services through the Information Systems Security Line of Business. These Shared Services Centers will provide IT security services to help minimize redundancy and increase efficiency in the Federal government.
The following agencies were selected as SSCs for C&A Services:
- Treasury Department, Bureau of Public Debt;
- Department of the Interior, National Business Center;
- Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Enterprise Service Center; and
- Department of Justice
Reports mentioned are posted here:
Expanding E-Government Results Report
Q1 FY2009 HSPD-12
Federal CIO Council Transition Guide
Report to Congress on the Benefits of the E-Government Initiatives
Shared Service Centers for Certification & Accreditation Services