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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2008
Contact: OMB Communications, 202-395-7254

E-GOV ACT REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CONTINUED RESULTS

Washington, DC — Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) transmitted to Congress its annual E-Government Report on the government-wide progress of implementation of the E-Government Act of 2002.

This year’s report includes updates of how information technology is being utilized to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities, coordinate the use of technology to enhance crisis management, improve agency disclosure of information, and develop a robust information technology workforce.

“During FY 2007, E-Government activities continued to make progress with additional emphasis on accountability and transparency,” said OMB E-Gov Administrator Karen Evans. “Websites such as USASpending.gov and Results.gov bring to the American public a new level of transparency in how their government operates.  Other initiatives, such as Regulations.gov not only increase transparency of the Federal rulemaking process, but go one step further and allow the public to be active participants in how those rules are formed. As this report details, agencies are meeting the goals established in the E-Government Act of 2002 and OMB will continue to work with them as we look forward to increase transparency, citizen services, and cost savings.”

December 2007 marked the fifth anniversary since the E-Government Act of 2002 was signed into law. A bill currently pending in the Senate reauthorizing the Act, was referred favorably by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which also held hearings on the matter in December. “We’re very pleased with the support and interest shown by the Committee,” Evans said. “We look forward to working with both the House and Senate to determine the path forward for E-Government to improve government efficiency and service to citizens.”

The annual E-Government report is available on OMB’s web site www.omb.gov.

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