FirstGov team says it needs more money

FirstGov team says it needs more money

The FirstGov team is looking to the $100 million electronic-government fund in President Bush's fiscal 2002 budget proposal to finance the governmentwide Web portal.

The portal, at firstgov.gov, now depends on agencies' contributions to cover development ex-penses, said Pat Wood, senior adviser for outreach on the General Services Administration's FirstGov team. He spoke last week at a federal publishers meeting. Much of the three-year, $100 million fund could be used for the development of more portals, Wood said.

Sherry Cage, GSA's special adviser on interagency affairs, said most of the Chief Information Officers Council's E-Government Committee funding had been spent on FirstGov. But the portal remains a fledgling project, she said.

Given more funding, a few years and user feedback, the site could grow into a seamless government-wide tool, Cage said.

FirstGov officials hope to increase the number of portals available through the site, Wood said.

The FirstGov team also hopes agencies will sponsor some of the work, he said.

'T. L. Orr

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