Electronic Government

The President's Management Agenda for Fiscal Year 2002 includes E-Government as one of the Administration’s top five governmentwide management initiatives. The Administration proposes to advance E-Government strategy by supporting projects that offer performance gains across agency boundaries, such as e-procurement, e-grants, e-regulation, and e-signatures. The Administration will manage E-Government projects more effectively by using the budget process to insist on more effective planning of IT investments by government agencies.

The President's Management Agenda directed a task force of agency personnel in coordination with OMB and the President's Management Council to identify E-Government projects that can deliver significant productivity and performance gains across government. The task force came up with the following E-Government initiatives.

Government to Citizen
OnLine Access for Loans
USA Services
EZ Tax Filing
Recreation One Stop

Government to Business
Online Rulemaking Management
Expanding Electronic Tax Products for Business
Federal Asset Sales
International Trade Process Streamlining
One-Stop Business Compliance Information
Consolidated Health Informatics

Government to Government
Geospatial Information One-Stop
Disaster Assistance and Crisis Response
Wireless Public Safety Interoperable Communication Project
Recruitment One-Stop
Enterprise HR Integrations
Integrated Acquisition Environment
Electronic Records Management

To learn more about these initiatives, visit http://egov.gov/ Also visit GSA's Office of Electronic Government and Technology.

Congress has enacted the following E-Government laws: the E-Government Act of 2002, the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement, and the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA).

E-Government Act of 2002

The President signed HR 2458, the E-Government Act of 2002, on December 17, 2002 as Public Law (P.L.) 107-347. The E-Government Act is intended to provide information technology (IT) leadership, improve coordination and deployment of IT across the Federal Government, help agencies achieve the IT management reforms required under the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act, include the private sector in E-Government solutions, and ensure greater citizen access to the Federal Government through the improved use of IT.

The E-Government Act

In managing and promoting E-Government, the E-Government Act requires that agencies

The E-Government Act addresses the IT workforce challenge by

The E-Government Act addresses citizen access to the Federal Government by

The E-Government Act addresses privacy by

The E-Government Act addresses integration and interoperability by

The E-Government Act addresses the use of IT to aid in managing crises and disasters by

Seeking to engage the private sector in E-Government solutions, the E-Government Act

The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002 was tacked on to the E-Government Act, making the provisions of GISRA, which expired in November 2002, permanent as well as expanding them. FISMA became effective December 17, 2002.


The Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-107) directs Federal agencies to improve the effectiveness and performance of grants programs by simplifying application and reporting requirements, improving the delivery of services to the public, and facilitating greater coordination among the agencies responsible for delivering such services. Agencies are directed to work together to provide an electronic common face for grantees to transact business on all their Federal grants.


The Government Paperwork Elimination Act, GPEA, (P.L. 105-277) requires that, when practicable, Federal agencies use electronic forms, electronic filing, and electronic signatures to conduct official business with the public by 2003.