E-Gov Law to Promote Cyber-Collaboration
E-Government Act of 2002 to improve information services management and promote collaboration of IT projects among federal agencies.President Bush signed into law the "E-Government Act of 2002" Monday, establishing a framework for information security standards and programs, and codifying the federal governments commitment to delivering its services online. The act was crafted to improve information services management and promote collaboration of IT projects among the myriad federal agencies. It creates an Office of E-Government within the White House Office of Management and Budget, designed to encourage an atmosphere of accountability with regard to online government services. Additionally, it establishes a board that will select technologies to promote collaboration and a program to assess and finance emerging anti-terrorism technologies. A provision on information security management, which closely resembles a provision in the recently enacted Homeland Security Act, requires agencies regularly to test for security lapses and fix them.
E-government proponents expect the measure will encounter some challenges in implementation. Because federal agencies serve different constituencies and are responsible to different Congressional committees, they tend to develop their work in line with particular interests.