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[] e-Government und der 11.9. in den USA,

Ein wenig konstruiert, dieser Zusammenhang. Aber dennoch vielleicht

May 13, 2002 

Homeland security effort boosts e-gov initiatives 

By Teri Rucker, National Journal's Technology Daily 

"E-gov"--shorthand for the information technology-based initiative
intended to make it easier for individuals to access government
services, while also cutting costs--has been expanding throughout the
past decade, as the Internet has reached into the homes of rank-and-file
citizens. But it is receiving heightened attention since the Sept. 11

OMB is overseeing electronic government efforts at the federal level,
and Mark Forman, associate director for information technology at the
Office of Management and Budget, recently told a House subcommittee that
e-government plans are integral to homeland security.

"Today, the federal government has only scratched the surface of the
e-government potential," Forman told the subcommittee. "Basic management
principles tell us that government operating costs will go down and
effectiveness will go up if we make it simpler for citizens to get

The Bush administration has budgeted $50 million in fiscal 2003 for 24
e-government initiatives designed to eliminate redundant, non-integrated
business operations and to make agencies more responsive to U.S.

But, to implement these changes, officials first must overcome several
barriers-including conflicting agency cultures, as well as a lack of
both resources and a trust in existing electronic systems, according to
a recent GAO study.

For e-government to be effective, Forman said, the government must
ensure that citizens feel safe using the Internet. He added that
agencies would provide that sense of safety by incorporating privacy and
security protections, providing public training and offering

The administration's proposed fiscal 2003 budget also outlines many
problems with e-government implementation, grading each agency on its
e-government performance. None of the agencies received a passing score,
nine earned a yellow mark--which means that some of the criteria have
been met--and 17 agencies rated a red score, indicating at least one
serious flaw in its practices.

For example, the budget document contended that management of
information technology investments is the Energy Department's "weakest
link," and because the agency is consolidating its IT portfolio under a
chief information officer, it was "impossible to evaluate compliance
with e-government standards."

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks also put the spotlight on protecting the
nation's critical infrastructure, including its information technology
systems. But a spokeswoman for the Commerce Department's Critical
Infrastructure Assurance Office said that budget was not divided into
specific components.

However, agencies charged with overseeing the nation's energy and food
supplies are given funds to combat terrorism under the Bush budget. The
budget allocates $451 million to the Health and Human Services
Department for this purpose; the Agriculture Department would receive
$195 million, and the Energy Department, $194 million.

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