OMB's Forman says go with best practices

OMB's Forman says go with best practices

It's too early to tell whether President Bush's proposal to spend $45 billion on information technology next year will be enough, a top administration executive said this month.

'I don't know if it's too much or too little,' said Mark Forman, who last month became the Office of Management and Budget's associate director for IT and electronic government. 'We should just focus on utilizing it best and getting more value.'

As to e-government, agencies must overcome chronic problems such as the absence of enterprise architectures, Forman said at the International Electronic Government Conference in Washington. He defined success as using the Internet and digital technologies to make operations more effective and efficient.

Agencies should open better channels of communication with industry, identify what they need to outsource, manage their supply chains better, simplify business processes and do away with legacy systems, he said.

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