Saturday, September 21, 2002
An earlier article on the US' e-authentication gateway notes that the piliot is funded to the tune of $2 million and will launch on September 30th, but that there is no funding (yet) for the full roll-out. This one notes that agencies may be asked to fund it themselves - which would require "re-tooling" their commitments to date. So ... if we couple that with this article on an extra bid for $45 million for the e-government programme - a "critical amount of money" for achieving the e-government programme. The article goes on to note that the Federal IT budget is $52 billion, for the 24 "quicksilver" e-government project. This $45 million is for reducing duplication, ensuring that legacy systems are retired. Mark Forman, the US e-envoy says “Clearly there are a number of areas where we are overinvested,” Forman said. “We saw this with E-Training. When we launched GoLearn.gov, we were able to buy the technology once and scale it out for everyone to use.”. Now there's a view I can identify with - build once, replicate many. But I don't follow how $45 million in the middle gets you benefits versus $52 billion on the programme. I thought that the US had put the control over the e-government projects in the hands of Mark - an excellent move - dual key equivalent, but stronger. I'll find out - one of the key learning points for any country embarking on e-government project is that funding control is vital - if you leave it in the "stovepipes" you won't get joined up projects, you will get duplication and you won't see the benefits that you need.
Posted by Alan at Saturday, September 21, 2002