E-Government Act Law and Legal Definition

The E-Government Act of 2002 is a Federal law created to improve the methods by which government information, including information on the internet, is organized, preserved, and made accessible to the public. With five separate Titles and forty different sections, the Act created many new regulations for the implementation and use of electronic information in the Federal Government.

The purpose of Act is to:

a. provide effective leadership of Federal Government efforts to develop and promote electronic Government services and processes by establishing an Administrator of a new Office of Electronic Government within the Office of Management and Budget;

b. promote use of the Internet and other information technologies to provide increased opportunities for citizen participation in Government;

c. promote inter agency collaboration in providing electronic Government services, where this collaboration would improve the service to citizens by integrating related functions, and in the use of internal electronic Government processes, where this collaboration would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes;

d. improve the ability of the Government to achieve agency missions and program performance goals;

e. promote the use of the Internet and emerging technologies within and across Government agencies to provide citizen-centric Government information and services;

f. reduce costs and burdens for businesses and other government entities;

g. promote better informed decision making by policy makers;

h. promote access to high quality Government information and services across multiple channels;

i. make the Federal Government more transparent and accountable;

j. transform agency operations by utilizing, where appropriate, best practices from public and private sector organizations; and

k. provide enhanced access to Government information and services in a manner consistent with laws regarding protection of personal privacy, national security, records retention, access for persons with disabilities, and other relevant laws.