Senate Bill Would Create Federal Tech Czar
Last month, U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and Conrad Burns, R-Mont., introduced legislation, entitled the E-Government Act, for consideration by the Senate. If enacted into law, the bill would appropriate $224 million annually for improving online government services and make it easier for citizens to access federal information and services. A federal chief information officer position would be created and based at the Office of Management and Budget.
“We can and must take full advantage of the Internet and other technologies to overcome arbitrary boundaries between agencies, so government can provide the public with seamless, secure online services,” Lieberman explained.
The E-Government Act would also dedicate funding toward improving the FirstGov.gov federal online portal and fund the establishment of a national online library. The national online library would be established by the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation.
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