Friday 26 September 2008

E-Government reauthorization bill hits snag

Washington Technology reports that the E-Government Reauthorization Act of 2007 (S-2321), which would extend eGovernment Act of 2002, create new requirements for accessibility of government information and mandate the development of best practices to enhance privacy impact assessments, has been held up. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont added a controversial last-minute amendment that placed new requirements for protecting personal individual information and restrictions on data brokers. Since the Senate is due to adjourn, the bill will likely die, putting a number of government information technology initiatives on hold or in limbo (see the Congressional Research Service summary of the bill).

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