REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE BENEFITS OF THE PRESIDENT’S E-GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES (FY08)†
The Federal government is delivering results through expansion and adoption of electronic government principles and best practices in managing information technology (IT). Through the implementation of these principles, the government is increasingly providing timely and accurate information to the citizens and government decision makers while ensuring security and privacy.
In the fall of 2001, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Federal agencies identified 24 E-Government (E-Gov) Initiatives which were approved by the President’s Management Council. Operated, managed and supported by agencies, these Initiatives provide high-quality, common solutions such as citizen tax filing, Federal rulemaking, and electronic training. Beneficiaries include citizens, businesses, and Federal and state government employees.
In the spring of 2004, OMB announced the formation of five Line of Business (LoB) task forces. Additional LoBs were established in 2005 and 2006, bringing the total number of LoBs to nine. The LoBs were identified through a comprehensive analysis of agencies’ enterprise architecture data seeking to determine common solutions and methodologies in order to improve service delivery to agencies, increase operational efficiencies, and decrease unnecessary duplication in common administrative areas.
In August 2006, OMB released Memorandum 06–22 (M–06–22), Cost Savings Achieved Through E– Government and Line of Business Initiatives. M–06–22 requested agencies to identify legacy investments impacted by agency use of an E-Gov or LoB initiative and develop baseline cost estimates for these investments. Going forward, it is expected agencies savings will be realized by the migration of functions from their legacy systems, which can be terminated, to government wide common solutions.
Agencies were requested to measure actual costs for the identified investments on an ongoing basis to provide the basis for estimating these savings. Based on agency-reported estimated costs for 2007 as compared to agency-reported actual costs for the 2007, estimated gross cost savings is approximately $508 million.
(Executive Summary for E-Government Benefits Report to Congress)