The Five Initatives
EXPANDED ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT
The Expanded Electronic Government Initiative is using information technology to provide services to the taxpayer in more convenient and efficient ways. Some recent examples:
- Business Gateway (formerly "Business Compliance One-Stop"): A report published recently by an Inter-agency Task Force for Small Business Paperwork Relief suggests that big savings are possible through the consolidation and harmonization of Federal paperwork requirements. The Business Gateway initiative will achieve this by helping businesses sort through the maze of government forms and information. In addition, this initiative will enable small businesses to submit all of their information electronically to the Federal government. Once submitted, the information can be shared securely across Federal agencies.
- Geospatial One-Stop: GeoData.gov, a public gateway to maps, geospatial data and resources, was launched as part of the Geospatial One-Stop initiative. GeoData.gov features "one-stop" access to geospatial information and resources. By creating a venue to share content, GeoData.gov eliminates the need for federal, state and local governments to purchase redundant geospatial data.
- Recreation.gov: Recreation.gov was recently re-launched with new user interface and recreational mapping capabilities. The enhanced site features interactive maps that uses geospatial data provided by the Geospatial One-Stop initiative. The portal allows citizens to search for over 2800 recreation areas in several different ways and view customized maps for their areas of interest.
Expanded Electronic Government is making progress in a number of other key areas, including:
- Federal Enterprise Architecture: Within the next several months OMB, supported by GSA and the Federal CIO Council, will complete Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA), a business-focused framework to monitor, analyze, and control federal investments in IT.
- Lines of Business: OMB has used the FEA Business Reference Model to evaluate FY 2004 agency IT budget requests and discover potential redundancies along six business lines: financial management, human resources, criminal investigations, data and statistics, monetary benefits, and public health monitoring. An analysis of nearly 400 business cases identified opportunities for savings through system consolidation or integration; the use of enterprise licenses; and the establishment of common architectures, data standards, and systems requirements. Over the next two months, agency teams will develop four cross-agency business cases (Financial Management, Human Resources, Public Health, and Criminal Investigations) for submission in the FY05 budget process - the results of which will reduce overall IT spending and improve services to citizens.
- SmartBUY: The SmartBUY (Software Managed and Acquired on the Right Terms) initiative will make the government a more effective purchaser of commercial software. The Administration expects a GSA led team to begin negotiating these enterprise licenses by the end of fiscal year 2003.
Further information on Expanded Electronic Government, the E-Gov Strategy, or other E-Gov topics of interest can be found at www.egov.gov, the official web site of the President's E-Government Initiatives. The web site is an up-to-date, public source of information about the E-Gov Initiatives and their accomplishments.
The Five Initatives: