FirstGov looks to e-government fund for financing

FirstGov looks to e-government fund for financing

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

APRIL 26'The FirstGov government portal is looking to the $100 million electronic-government fund President Bush proposed in the fiscal 2002 budget to finance the federal government's Web portal.

FirstGov now depends on each agency to chip in to cover the site's development expenses, said Pat Wood, senior advisor for outreach at FirstGov, speaking yesterday to a group of federal publishers. Much of the $100 million would be used for the development of more Web portals, Wood said.

Sherry Cage, special advisor on interagency affairs at the General Services Administration, said that most of the Chief Information Officers Council's E-government Committee funding had been used for FirstGov but that the portal remained a fledgling project.

FirstGov officials hope to increase the number of portals available on the site, Wood said. Officials hope that departments will sponsor the various portals even though information from different agencies will be available through the sites, she said.

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