E-government funds uncertain

House and Senate appropriators differ in the amount of money they would approve for the administration's e-government fund, which has been used on some of the Office of Management and Budget's 24 e-gov initiatives.

In the Treasury-Postal Appropriations bill, the Senate approved the president's $45 million request for 2003. The House, however, has provided $5 million, the same amount Congress spent this year. The House has passed its version of the bill; the Senate will take up the legislation when it returns from its August recess.

The White House issued a statement about the House bill, saying, "Adequate central funding is critical for consolidating and integrating overlapping agency IT initiatives to improve efficiency, responsiveness and access to government services, as well as to recognize savings in the billions of dollars from this integrated government-wide approach."


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