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President George W. Bush meets with Dan Bartlett, center, and Josh Bolten in the Oval Office Jan. 9, 2003.  White House photo by Eric Draper.
The Deputy Director for Mgmt
PMA updates, best practices, and general information.
Grading Implementation of the PMA.
Human Capital
Initiative updates, best practices, and general information.
Commercial Services Management
Initiative updates, best practices, and general information.
Improving Financial Performance
Initiative updates, best practices, and general information.
Initiative updates, best practices, and general information.
Performance Improvement
Initiative updates, best practices, and general information.
Sharing Best Practices
Stories of achieving breaktrough results in government.
The Five Initatives


The 24 E-Government Initiatives

The Expanded Electronic Government Initiative is designed to bring more services to the American citizen over the Internet, make government more efficient, and improve IT management throughout the Executive Branch. Since the President proposed 24 specific E-government initiatives in the 2003 Budget, 19 have already delivered significant results. Some examples:
  1. E-Payroll is consolidating government payroll processing centers from 22 to two. $1.2 billion will be saved over the next 10 years by modernizing just two providers, rather than 22.

  2. Free File is an IRS-created single-point of access to reach free, online preparation and electronic tax filing services, provided by industry partners, to reduce burdens and costs to taxpayers. As of January 2003, this service was available to more than 60 percent of taxpayers. By its second week, 100,000 daily visitors were logging on to IRS' site for more information on the program.

  3., the government's on-line training initiative, is the most visited e-training site in the world, with information on many thousands of e-training courses, e-books, and career development resources. has already allowed over 30,000 federal employees to receive their training on-line, rather than at more expensive, in-person courses.

The Departments of Education, Energy, and Veterans Affairs turned their IT operations around, moving from red to yellow in status. For example, 88% of Education's transactions with the public can be conducted electronically. In addition, all of Education's IT investments are within 90% of their target for cost, schedule, and performance. The National Science Foundation bumped up from yellow to green because it is using technology to manage its grants through their entire cycle, from application to close-out.

Agencies continue to manage their IT within a framework the Administration set up to fix problems before investments are made and taxpayer dollars lost. Agencies are made to demonstrate that their projects will provide significant value to its mission, have a reasonable likelihood of success in meeting goals and objectives, incorporate sufficient IT security, help achieve the President's Management Agenda, and not duplicate other investments. Unfortunately, almost half the modernization projects don't have sufficient IT security, and the Administration will not let any such projects go forward without it. There is also a shortage of qualified project managers and IT architects needed to successfully manage federal IT investments.

Out of the $59 billion in IT investments, 771 projects representing $20.9 billion are currently on an "At-Risk List," meaning they do not successfully demonstrate sufficient potential for success through the business case, or do not adequately address IT security. I look forward to working with you to get every project off that list. It must be one of our top priorities.


Mark Forman

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