OMB doles out $1.6 million to SBA for e-gov project

For the second straight year, the Small Business Administration's e-government project is one of the few Quicksilver initiatives to receive money from the e-government fund.

The Office of Management and Budget earlier this month awarded SBA's Business Gateway $1.6 million. Last year, SBA received $740,000.

With the new money, Business Gateway project manager Jim Van Wert said, SBA will focus on ways to ease the reporting burden on small businesses, possibly through a centralized repository of data stripped from online forms that businesses submit. That way when a company submitted new information, the forms would already include previously provided material. Alternately, the businesses might maintain the information in some format and be able to autofill some elements of the online forms.

The agency also plans to create industry-specific forms portals for five business areas: trucking, mining, chemicals, food and health care.

OMB also will divvy up $600,000 for project management support among four agencies that are putting together cross-agency business cases along four lines of business: financial management, criminal investigations, public-health monitoring and human resources.

The General Services Administration, which manages the money for OMB, sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations committees outlining the plans. OMB still has $2.3 million in the fund it can tap for fiscal 2003.

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