U.S. Department of Labor E-Government Strategic Plan
Provided below are brief descriptions of the Presidential Priority Initiatives. Tables 4A, 4B and 4C, respectively, present the initiatives for which the Department is the managing partner, initiatives for which DOL is a partner, and the remaining initiatives
Table 4A. PPIs in which DOL Participates as a Managing Partner
GovBenefits.gov (formerly Eligibility Assistance Online)
SSA, VA, HUD, USDA, STATE/INS, HHS, FEMA, DOE, and ED
- GovBenefits.gov provides citizens with access to information on all government benefit programs and services through a common Internet Web site. By answering basic questions about such items as income, marital or employment status, and family size, citizens are guided to a list of the benefits they may be eligible to receive. Program descriptions and contact information are provided for each benefit program.
- The initial release (released in April 2002) features an easy-to-use online screening tool to help individuals or caseworkers determine eligibility for a range of government programs. Benefit programs are regularly added to the more than 100 programs already covered.
- The long-term vision for the site is to enable individuals to actually apply for benefits online through a streamlined application process.
- The initiative is reducing the amount of time individuals must spend trying to identify and access relevant information about government benefit programs.
Table 4B. PPIs in which DOL Participates as a Partner
One-Stop Business Compliance
DOL, EPA, IRS, DOT, EEOC, DOC, FERC, and SEC
This initiative provides a common Internet site through which businesses can easily access information about laws and regulations. The Web site will allow businesses to determine whether they are in compliance and to complete transactions online. This common approach could save businesses $58 million annually.
DOL, SSA, VA, HHS, ED, USDA, FEMA, and SBA
USA Services provides citizens with more coordinated customer service across Federal agencies through different communication methods (Internet, phone, e-mail, fax, etc.). The initiative will reduce the time and effort citizens must expend to interact with the Government, reduce duplicative entry and reporting of citizen information, and increase citizen satisfaction
DOL, DOT, USDA, GSA, HHS, and FCC
This initiative creates a common Internet site for all Federal regulatory material, to help the public find and comment on proposed rules. It will improve regulatory decision-making by increasing opportunities to provide input on proposed regulations and will reduce costs by eliminating redundant systems across agencies.
DOL, NSF, DOD/ONR, ED, HUD, DOT, and DOJ
eGrants creates a common Internet site through which customers can access grant information and provides electronic application and processing of grants. The initiative will reduce the burden of applying for and administering grants.
Integrated Acquisition Environment
DOL, DOD, DOC, DOI, SBA, and USDA
This initiative creates a common Internet site to support electronic acquisition of goods and services by all Federal agencies. The Web site will include vendor registration and streamlined ordering, billing, and collections processes. The initiative will reduce processing costs and timeframes, while improving managers ability to plan and make decisions.
Expanding E-Tax Products for Business
DOL, EPA, USDA, GSA, HHS, and FCC
This initiative reduces the number of tax-related forms that businesses file and government agencies process. It provides tax information to businesses, allows electronic tax filing, and simplifies tax employment laws and reporting requirements. The initiative will reduce the burden of complying with and administering Federal and state tax laws for both businesses and government agencies.
DOL, DOT, DOD, and GSA
eTraining creates a common Internet site to consolidate training capabilities across the Federal government. Training materials will include Federal government-wide mandatory information, such as ethics and harassment information, as well as agency-specific information. The initiative will reduce training time and improve Federal worker performance, satisfaction, and retention.
DOL, DOD, EPA, DOI, NASA, and DOT
This initiative will expand the existing capabilities of www.usajobs.opm.gov and streamline the Federal employment application process. Applicants will be able to submit resumes electronically, and managers will be able to search through the resumes online. Applicants will also be able to check the status of their applications through the Web site. The initiative will reduce application time and agency response time and will allow the Federal government to compete more effectively for quality personnel.
DOL, DOD, DOE, Treasury, VA, and DOC
eClearance creates an online version of the security clearance application form, develops a clearance verification system to share information across agencies, and converts existing clearance records into electronic format. The initiative will reduce processing time for clearances and improve accuracy of information.
DOL, HHS, EPA, NASA, DOI, Treasury, VA, GSA, HUD, and USDA
Integrated HR streamlines and automates the exchange of Federal human resources (HR) information across the Federal government. The initiative will eliminate the need for a paper employee record and improve government-wide data analysis and reporting. The increased availability of HR information will lead to improved strategic workforce planning.
DOL, other partners are being identified
ePayroll simplifies and standardizes Federal payroll policies and procedures and improves integration of payroll with HR and financial management. The initiative will generate cost savings through economies of scale and provide cost avoidance by reducing the need for systems modernization.
DOD, Treasury, DOJ, USDA/NFC, PTO, NASA, and DOC/NIST
eAuthorization provides a secure infrastructure for each of the other Presidential Priority Initiatives. The initiative will provide a solution to verify identities and will allow electronic signatures for electronic transactions.
Table 4C. Other PPIs
Online Access for Loans
SBA, HUD, VA, USDA, FEMA, HHS, and FDIC
This initiative creates a common Internet site for information about loan opportunities across the Federal government. It allows citizens and businesses to find the loan programs that meet their needs.
EZ Tax Filing
EZ Tax Filing reduces the burden on taxpayers by allowing them to file their taxes electronically over the Internet. The initiative will reduce the taxpayer cost of filing electronically, as well as reducing IRS processing costs.
USDA, Corps of Engineers, TVA, DOT, and Smithsonian
This initiative provides a common Internet site through which citizens can access information about nationwide recreational opportunities. It will reduce the time it takes citizens to find recreational information and allow them to conduct transactions, such as making reservations, electronically.
Federal Asset Sales
VA, Treasury, FDIC, HUD, SBA, DOD, and ED
This initiative creates a common Internet site for information on Federal asset sales and a secure marketplace through which asset buyers and sellers can conduct electronic transactions.
Wireless Public Safety Project (SAFECOM)
Treasury, USDA/Forest Service, DOC/NTIA, DOD, and DOI
SAFECOM promotes interoperability of radio networks for Federal, state, and local governments. The initiative will allow better communication among public safety responders during emergency situations.
eTravel creates a common Internet site for Federal travel services. The initiative will automate travel services across Federal agencies and reduction of processing time and costs for voucher claims.
GSA, DOE/NRC, DOC/NOAA, DOC/PTO, and VA
eRecords Management helps Federal agencies better manage electronic records through common requirements and standards. The initiative will improve the integrity of electronic records and facilitate increased sharing of and access to records across agencies.
Consolidated Health Informatics
Business case only
This initiative provides a common basis for sharing medical records among government agencies and health care organizations. It will provide a single way of capturing health data and then integrating and share it across organizations as appropriate.
International Trade Process Streamlining
Treasury/ Customs, DOJ, IE Bank, and participants in Int. Trade Database
This initiative creates a common Internet site to help small and medium-size businesses access export information and apply for loan guarantees electronically. The initiative will help these businesses conduct market research and reduce the cost of complying with export requirements.
Geo-Spatial Information One-Stop
FEMA, NASA, DOC, HUD, EPA, DOT, NIMA, and USDA
This initiative coordinates standards and indexing for geospatial information that identifies geographic location and natural or manmade structures worldwide.
VA, HHS, OPM, USDA, DOD, and State/INS
eVital automates the current paper-based processes to collect, process, and disseminate vital records, such as death records, among agencies and other organizations that require access. The initiative will reduce the administrative burden of managing vital records, improve access, and help reduce benefits fraud and erroneous payments.
Disaster Response Management
SBA, DOC/NOAA, USDA, HHS, and HUD
This initiative creates a common Internet site for the public and a common site for government providers of disaster services. The initiative will help the public find disaster assistance information, including applications for assistance, and will improve government coordination.
Federal Enterprise Architecture
The Federal Enterprise Architecture is a Federal government-wide effort to identify common lines of business (e.g., grants) and their supporting information and technology. The initiative will facilitate cross-agency analysis and the identification of duplicative investments, gaps, and opportunities for collaboration within and across the Federal government.