By Matthew Weigelt
December 4, 2007
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the E-Government
Reauthorization Act could cost the government about $29 billion over a
four-year period, mainly for securing agencies information systems.
The Office of Management and Budget said agencies spent about $5.5
billion in fiscal 2006 to meet the Federal Information Security
Management Act, according to a CBO cost estimate report released today
about the reauthorization legislation.
Continuing the same updates, FISMA requirements would consume $27.9
billion of the $29 billion that the legislation would cost the
government between 2008 and 2012, which includes adjustments for
anticipated inflation, according to CBO. It also estimates that
continuing current activities and starting new programs authorized by
bill would make up the remaining $1.1 billion.
But CBO believes agencies could save administrative costs through
e-government as they collect information from the public and provide
government services. CBO has no way to calculate how much, though,
according to the report.
The bill would authorize money for programs that improve how the
government deploys services and accesses information. It also would
centralize many agencies Internet-related activities.
Specifically, it would authorize the General Services Administrations
E-Government Fund for interagency projects and the Office of Personnel
Managements IT personnel needs for the federal workforce. It would also
authorize the National Institutes of Standards and Technologys research
related to information security.
The e-government authorization expired this year. The Senate Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the reauthorization
act Nov. 14, but there is no House companion bill.
CBO also released a cost estimate today for the Inspector General Reform
Act, which the committee also approved Nov. 14.
CBO estimates the bill would cost the government $83 million to
The reforms would make IG offices separate agencies, give them the same
authority as the agencies they monitor and authorize them to submit
their own annual budgets. Those provisions, among others, could cost
about $53 million from 2008 to 2012, according to the report.
The bill would establish an IG council to discuss areas of weakness in
the IG community and investigate fraud allegations against IGs. CBO
estimates that setting up the council would cost $25 million.
Estimates for increasing salaries for IGs would cost $4 million, and
semiannual reports to Congress would cost $1 million, according to CBO.
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