Council proposes $3b fund for e-gov projects

Council proposes $3b fund for e-gov projects

By Richard W. Walker

GCN Staff

FEB. 21—The Council for Excellence in Government today issued a sweeping blueprint for achieving full electronic government and called for the appointment of a special assistant to the president to oversee the effort across government.

The council suggested that Congress appropriate $3 billion over five years for a capital investment fund for governmentwide electronic programs and projects.

The council's recommendations, 14 months in the making, also proposed that the White House name a federal chief information officer to direct a new office of e-government and information policy within the Office of Management and Budget.

'The most important thing this report does is recommend a management structure,' said Don Upson, Virginia's secretary of technology. 'E-gov won't work without a management system in place.'

The council released its recommendations at an unveiling at its Washington offices. The blueprint was based on recommendations from 350 information technology leaders in government, industry and research organizations across the country.

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