WASHINGTON – Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., and Ranking Republican Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., Friday announced the passage of legislation that will bring the federal government more fully into the electronic age by improving citizen access to government services and information people rely on their every day work and personal lives. The Senate passed the legislation by unanimous consent. The House passed the same bill earlier in the day, and it is expected to be signed by the president.
“Congressional passage of this legislation represents the culmination of years of work,” Lieberman said. “As a result, the government will be taking full advantage of the Internet and other information technologies to maximize efficiency and provide the public with seamless, secure online information and services.”
“In addition to improving the management of federal e-government programs, this bill goes a long way toward protecting federal information systems from vulnerability to computer attacks by international and domestic terrorists, crime rings, and hackers,” Thompson said. “We are fighting a new war in a new age on unconventional fronts. We can not afford to overlook our nation’s technology infrastructure as we secure our homeland.”
The Electronic Government Act represents a bipartisan agreement between Democrats, Republicans and the Administration. Senator Lieberman introduced this legislation in May of 2001 with Senator Conrad Burns, R-Mt. It passed the Senate in June by unanimous consent. Early Friday, the House passed an amended version of the bill, which was ratified by the Senate later in the day. The measure will: