Clinton budget seeks to further electronic government, security

Clinton budget seeks to further electronic government, security

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

FEB. 7—President Clinton this morning released his administration's final budget, laced with information technology proposals. Many of them focus on information security and electronic government initiatives.

The $1.84 trillion budget for fiscal 2001 noted the windup of year 2000 code fixes-the No. 1 management priority in last year's budget. "The federal government's acknowledged success through the date change was the direct result of the commitment, long hours and exceptional efforts of federal employees," the budget document said. The task now is to build on those successes, it said.

The most obvious addition to the list is IT security.

"Protecting information systems that the federal government depends on and that are critical to the. economy is growing in importance as society's use of technology and reliance on interconnected computer systems increases," the budget said. "Government agencies must follow the Y2K example in reaching out to private industry to assist and encourage sensible infrastructure protection efforts."

Improving electronic government services is also a key priority. "New information technologies can make government easier to use," the document said..

The administration wants agencies to issue by December at least 100,000 digital certificates that will let agencies securely exchange information with citizens.

About half of the money would go to the Defense Department. The administration proposed $292.2 billion for DOD, an $11.3 billion increase over this year.

The budget document and related information are posted on the Web at w3.access.gpo.gov/usbudget.

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