To meet President Bush's mandate for more effective management of federal agencies, OMB is spearheading efforts to translate some agency duties to the Internet, providing greater and more efficient access to citizens, businesses, and state and local governments.

The key to e-government rests on the ability for agencies "to get rid of redundant copies of the data" so that citizens can go to a one-stop shop to accomplish a range of tasks, said Mark Forman, the associate director of information technology and e-government for the White House Office. "But that streamlined vision of agency access to data requires principles to ensure that personal information is not compromised and that businesses and individuals can trust the system," he added.

To meet those goals, OMB will continue issuing privacy management guidelines, including the requirement that all agencies submit privacy assessments of the technologies they propose to acquire. OMB also will continue to prohibit tracking technologies and will require agencies to post viable privacy policies to the Web and to appoint senior privacy officials.

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