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DorobekInsider: GCN reporting troubles with the E-Gov Act

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FCW and GCN are reporting that the bill to reauthorize the E-Government Act of 2002 has hit a “sudden and unexpected snag.”

The problem: A last-minute big by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to attach an amendment regarding privacy.

GCN editor in chief Wyatt Kash got the story:

Privacy amendment stalls e-gov bill [, Sept. 25, 2008]

A Senate bill to reauthorize the E-Government Act of 2002, which had been approved and was set for a floor vote, hit a sudden and unexpected snag today that puts a number of government information technology initiatives on hold or in limbo.

S. 2321, the E-Government Re-authorization Act of 2007, was intended to extend through 2012 appropriations for programs whose authorizations have expired and create new requirements for accessibility of government information.

It also provided mandates to develop best practices to enhance privacy impact assessments. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

However, a last-minute bid by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to attach an amendment to the re-authorization act has stalled the bill, according to legislative and executive branch sources. And with the Senate due to adjourn, the bill will effectively die.

Sources said the amendment placed controversial new requirements for protecting personal individual information and restrictions on data brokers. Efforts to move the amendment to another bill proved unsuccessful and instead led to deadlock, sources said.

More here.

I still don’t fully have a sense as to what this means. Ideas welcome.

Written by cdorobek

September 25, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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