June 28, 2002
The E-Government Act (S.803), a bill intended to fundamentally change the way the federal government uses information technology to interact with citizens, was unanimously approved yesterday, July 27, by the Senate. Introduced by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Conrad Burns (R-MT), the bill has undergone revisions following extensive negotiations among the sponsors, Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) and the Bush Administration. The bill would require the government, for the first time ever, to systematically plan its enormous expenditures for computer systems in ways that will make government information and services more accessible to ordinary citizens, while also taking into account and mitigating the privacy implications of government data collection.