2308NEWS: Legislation Aims at Making United States Federal Government Web Resources Better Sources of Information for the Public
- Jan 3, 2003NEWS: Legislation Aims at Making United States Federal Government Web
Resources Better Sources of Information for the Public
The E-Government Law has created the Office of Electronic Government which
aims to and has the legal responsibility to make the complex, scattered
and buried sources of government provided information more transparently
available and easier to find and use.
Move to Open Government Electronically
By REBECCA FAIRLEY RANEY
New York Times
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The federal government, with its tangle of agencies and regulations, has
never played particularly well on the Internet, where fast-flying facts
Until now, separate agencies have had neither motive nor means to
collaborate on making their information and services easier to use online.
The new law's goals have broad support, even though some experts question
whether breaking those barriers could undermine the independence of
federal agencies and create unprecedented invasions of individuals'
privacy. But few would argue that the current hodgepodge of federal Web
sites does not need an overhaul.
"Most people don't know what federal agencies do," said Darrell M. West,
who studies government Web sites as director of the Taubman Center for
Public Policy at Brown University. "We've had a real Tower of Babel in
e-government in which each agency designs its own site."
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