Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Understanding the Benefits of e-Government

The President's 2009 Budget suggests that the core egov initiatives have resulted in savings of $508 million dollars in 2007. I'm trying to understand how that number is calculated as we try to document the performance results of egov in this state. Here are some of the numbers behind it:
  • Migration of 17 legacy payroll systems to one of four consolidated systems
  • 5.1 million citizens used the IRS Free File for the 2005 filing year
  • 128,000 referrals a month through
  • 994 of 2,259 funding opportunities available through
  • Disaster Management Information Services (DMIS) used to share information in 116 disaster situations
  • Over 840,000 federal employees have registered with, over 2.7 million courses provided (increase from 1.3 million the previous year)
  • 8.9 million rules and regulations downloaded from
  • 240,000 daily visits to
  • The departments of Transportation and Interior are each saving over $1 million per year through online booking with the eTravel initiative. Dept. of Labor reduced travel voucher costs from $60 per voucher down to $25.
  • GSA saved 77,813 man-hours through real-time reporting from the Federal Procurement Data System and integration with agency contract writing systems.
  • At least 43 duplicate systems were shut down
  • Urban areas with interoperable communications increased from 10 to 75
  • OMB says that over 500 of 810 major IT investments are not well planned or managed
  • According to GSA, "the Federal Government could potentially save between 16 percent and 27 percent annually on its IT infrastructure budget and between $18 billion and $29 billion over 10 years by taking a more coordinated approach to spending on commodity IT infrastructure, such as help desks, data centers, and telecommunications."
However, the FY2009 federal budget request for IT includes a $2 (or 4) billion increase. But, only $45 million or so is for the 24 (or 25) egov initiatives. I found the entire OMB report (it's 248 pages long). A search of the entire document finds 373 references to savings through egov, most of which identify very specific man-hour or dollar savings.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Yeah, the state has saved with its new IT department. If they have saved any money at all it has all been lost in the wasted time and energy the new confusing department.

Makes sense that a department buys its IT equipment then gives it to DTS then rents it back from DTS.