FY 2014 Annual Report to Congress: E-Government Act Implementation†
Since the passage of the E-Government Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-347) (E-Gov Act),i Federal agencies have made significant progress in using the Internet and other technologies to enhance citizen access to government information and services and improve government transparency and decision making. The E-Gov Act requires Federal agencies and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to report annually on their progress implementing the various provisions of the E-Gov Act, as described in more detail below.
OMB developed this report in accordance with 44 U.S.C. § 3606, which requires OMB to provide a summary of the information reported by Federal agencies and a description of compliance by the Federal Government with the provisions of the E-Gov Act. Additionally, consistent with previous E-Gov Act reports, this report includes information required under Section 2(g) of the Federal Funding Accounting and Transparency Act of 2006 (P.L. 109- 282). Under this Act, OMB is required to oversee and report to Congress on the development of a website through which the public can readily access information about grants and contracts provided by the entire Federal Government.ii The E-Gov Act, under Section 3543(a)(8), also requires OMB to report on certain information security activities. This information can be found in the annual report to Congress on agency compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-347) (FISMA). Previous reports from OMB to Congress are available online at: www.WhiteHouse.gov/omb/e-gov/docs.
The E-Gov Act includes numerous requirements for OMB and Federal agencies to ensure effective implementation of the Act. For example, the Act requires agencies to provide OMB with links to various websites including the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) information and agency activities on www.USA.gov. This report provides a summary of OMB and agency compliance with these requirements. Additionally, in an effort to streamline this year’s report, OMB has utilized the Federal IT Dashboard to provide the majority of agency implementation data. The information on the IT Dashboard reflects the information as it was provided by agencies to OMB.
This report is structured in numerical order according to the required sections of the EGov Act. For a description of reporting requirements and the corresponding report sections, please see Appendix A. This report is organized as follows:
- Section I – E-Government Fund
In accordance with Section 101 of the E-Gov Act (44 U.S.C. §3604), this section provides a description of projects receiving E-Gov funds in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, including funding allocations and results achieved.
- Section II – Governmentwide Information Technology (IT) Workforce and Training Policies
In accordance with Section 209 of the E-Gov Act (44 U.S.C. § 3501 note), this section provides a summary of activities related to IT workforce policies, evaluation, training, and competency assessments.
- Section III – Disaster Preparedness
In accordance with Section 214 of the E-Gov Act (44 U.S.C. § 3501 note), this section provides a summary of how IT is used to further the goal of maximizing the utility of IT in disaster management.
- Section IV – Geospatial
In accordance with Section 216 of the E-Gov Act (44 U.S.C. § 3501 note), this section provides a summary of activities on geographic information systems and initiatives, and an overview of the Geospatial Platform.
- Appendices – Compliance with Other Goals and Provisions of the EGov Act
The appendices contain broad overviews of activities agencies are undertaking to comply with the goals of the E-Gov Act, including highlights of some agencyspecific efforts. Full agency descriptions of compliance with each provision of the act can be found on the IT Dashboard.