"E-Government Act of 2001" introduced in House

Specifically, the the act calls for naming a federal chief information officer who would implement information policy, facilitate coordination across federal agencies, set standards and protocols to be used, and oversee procurement and funding. It would also fortify the Federal CIO Council, created in 1996 to help executive branch agencies share IT ideas and policy recommendations, by establishing its responsibilities and authority by statute. The act also includes the creation of an e-government fund of $200 million annually, a single government portal, and a federal IT training center, among other things. "The goal is simple: decrease the amount of time citizens spend in line and increase the resources they can turn to online," said Rep. Jim Turner, a Democrat from Texas who spoke at the press conference.