ad info

 
CNN.com  technology > computing
    Editions | myCNN | Video | Audio | Headline News Brief | Feedback  

 

  Search
 
 

 
TECHNOLOGY
TOP STORIES

Consumer group: Online privacy protections fall short

Guide to a wired Super Bowl

Debate opens on making e-commerce law consistent

(MORE)

TOP STORIES

More than 11,000 killed in India quake

Mideast negotiators want to continue talks after Israeli elections

(MORE)

MARKETS
4:30pm ET, 4/16
144.70
8257.60
3.71
1394.72
10.90
879.91
 


WORLD

U.S.

POLITICS

LAW

ENTERTAINMENT

HEALTH

TRAVEL

FOOD

ARTS & STYLE



(MORE HEADLINES)
*
 
CNN Websites
Networks image


FirstGov 'not worthy of being called a portal'

Federal Computer Week

(IDG) -- A public policy group says the FirstGov World Wide Web site, which is intended to provide a single view of federal government services and information, does not live up to President Clinton's vision of electronic access to government.

MORE COMPUTING INTELLIGENCE
IDG.net   IDG.net home page
  Federal Computer Week home page
  Free Subscriptions to Federal Computer Week
  IDG.net's personal news page
  Coordination needed in federal IT
  Reviews & in-depth info at IDG.net
  E-BusinessWorld
  TechInformer
  Questions about computers? Let IDG.net's editors help you
  Subscribe to IDG.net's free daily newsletters
  Search IDG.net in 12 languages
  News Radio
  * Fusion audio primers
  * Computerworld Minute

In a letter sent Monday to Sally Katzen, acting deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget and member of the FirstGov board of directors, OMB Watch executive director Gary Bass said the group is "greatly disappointed" about the first mock-up of the portal (www.firstgov.gov). It's especially disappointing because the group had high hopes after Clinton issued a memorandum on e-government last December, he said.

"We recognize that the creation of FirstGov, especially with the speed with which it is being developed, will be a work requiring continual progress, that the first version will not be the last, and that the site will always be in search of perfection," Bass wrote. "Nonetheless...other than the...search engine, the site falls far short of the objectives identified in the [president's] December memo and is not worthy of being called a portal."

The group expressed concern that under the current mock-up of FirstGov, the portal would simply be a way to "click through" to federal Web sites, something that would not enhance the government's value for the public.

OMB Watch also calls for the FirstGov board to solicit more public comment on how the portal should be designed and what information it should present.

"Staff should be exploring ways of aggregating information, based on surveys and focus groups, to make the site meaningful to users," Bass wrote.




RELATED STORIES:
U.S. government moves to electronic transactions
July 25, 2000
Should states shame delinquent taxpayers online?
June 30, 2000
PayYourParkingTickets.gov coming to a town near you
May 10, 2000
Taxpayers flock to e-filing
April 17, 2000
USPS puts stamp on online billing
April 10, 2000

RELATED IDG.net STORIES:
Senator ponders electronic government
(InfoWorld)
Portal would customize federal info
(FCW)
Coordination needed in federal IT
(IDG.net)
Don't be dazzled by e-gov
(FCW)
Clinton to agencies: Enhance public service via IT
(FCW)
Private aid for fed portal
(FCW)
Government not meeting IT challenge
(IDG.net)
White House revamps Web site
(FCW)

RELATED SITES:
OMB Watch letter
FirstGov

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.

 Search   

Back to the top   © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.