REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE BENEFITS OF THE PRESIDENT’S E-GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES (FY09)†
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 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 EGovernment 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-Government or LoB initiative and develop baseline cost estimates for these investments. OMB is continuing to work with agencies to identify additional legacy investmentsimpacted by E-Government and LoB initiatives.
Selected examples of how citizens and Federal employees are benefiting through the use of the Presidential E-Government initiatives include:
- GovBenefits.gov provides a single point of access for citizens to locate information and determine potential eligibility for government benefits and services. In March 2008, GovBenefits.gov launched a customized connection for the Social Security Administration’s Benefits Eligibility Screen Tool (BEST). The customized connection replaced the existing BEST tool, leveraging GovBenefits.gov’s powerful screening technology while preserving BEST’s detailed eligibility screening for 17 different SSArelated benefit programs. It also provides citizens with a list of the Social Security benefits they may be eligible to receive. Other highlights from 2008 include:
- Since 2002, the site attracted more than 31 million visitors and generated over 23.4 million referrals to government benefit programs, receiving approximately 388,000 visits per month.
- GovBenefits.gov received 4.65 million visitors in FY08, a 45% increase over FY07.
- GovBenefits.gov received the 2008 GCN Award from Government Computer News Magazine
- Grants.gov is the federal one-stop online portal where potential grant recipients can find and apply for over 1,000 grant programs – representing more than $450 billion awarded by the 26 grantmaking agencies and other federal grant-making organizations. In September 2008, Grants.gov received the 200,000th electronic grant application submission for Fiscal Year 2008. In fact, Grants.gov received 16% more submissions in Fiscal Year 2008 than in 2007.
- Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE)
- The Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) initiative is an operational, secure business environment that facilitates and supports cost-effective acquisition of goods and services by agencies. Through the use of government-wide business-oriented systems, IAE is able to eliminate business process inefficiencies and storage of duplicative information for federal acquisition. Agencies realized an estimated cost avoidance of $5,649,656 and estimated operational cost savings of $30,820,828.
Below is a description of the sections included in the report:
- E-Government Report (Initiative Summaries and Agency Narratives) – Provides a summary of the purpose of each E-Government initiative followed by individual agency reports describing the relevance of the initiatives to which the particular agency provides funds.
- Attachment A (E-Gov Web Screenshots) – Provides images of public interfacing EGovernment initiative’s websites.
- Attachment B (Funding for E-Government by Agency) – Provides, by agency, funding contributions to E-Government initiatives in which the agency participates. Includes planned FY 2009 agency contributions.
- Attachment C (Funding for E-Government by Initiative) – Provides, by E-Government initiative, agency funding contributions to the initiative. Includes planned FY 2009 agency contributions.
- Attachment D (Breakout of Funding by Agency/Bureau) – Provides a breakout for each agency, by bureau, of funding sources for the E-Government initiatives in which the agency participates in FY 2009. Both the E-Government funding request and the amount to be provided by agency are reflected. Bureau listing is based on Appendix C of OMB Circular A-11 (“Preparation, Submission, and Execution of the Budget”).
- Attachments E through J (Funding by Agency for FY 2006 through FY 2008) – Provides, by agency and by bureau, funding contributions to E-Government initiatives in which agencies participated from FY 2006 through FY 2008. This information is as reported in the FY 2006, FY 2007, and the FY 2008 E-Government Benefits Reports to Congress.
- Attachment K (Funding by Agency for FY 2002 through FY 2005) - Provides, by agency, funding contributions to E-Government initiatives in which the agency participated from FY 2002 through FY 2005.
- Attachment L (Initiative Development Status & Risk Plan) – Provides the current EGovernment initiative Development Status as reported by the initiative. Also includes a note corresponding to the risk plan for each agency.
- Attachment M (E-Gov Initiative Risks) – Provides the E-Government initiative risks as reported by the initiative.
- Attachment N (E-Gov Milestones & Goals) – Provides a full lifecycle view of the EGovernment initiatives.
- Attachment O (E-Gov Initiative Funding History) – Provides the E-Government initiative funding history as reported by managing partner agency publicly available business cases.
This notification is in compliance with section 737 of Division D of Public Law 110-161 (the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2008, 121 Stat. 2028) as continued by section 101 of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009 (Public Law 110-329) which requires the Office of Management and Budget to submit a report describing each initiative, the costs of each initiative, and the sources and distribution of E-Gov funding. The information provided in this report is aligned with the activities described in the President’s Budget of 2009. Below is a crosswalk of where the information is located within the report:
(Executive Summary for E-Government Benefits Report to Congress)