White House cuts paper out of federal budget
OMB says it plans to release paperless 'e-budget' for FY09
Computerworld - Forget all the red ink in the federal budget. The White House is going green on this year's budget.
In a move that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) says will save roughly 20 tons of paper, or about 480 trees, the Bush administration will release the government's first-ever paperless budget on Feb. 4.
The plan to issue a so-called e-budget means that the White House won't order any hard-copy versions of the budget for the government's 2009 fiscal year, which starts in October. Instead, the OMB will post a fully downloadable and searchable electronic copy on its Web site and make the document accessible to anyone who wants to read it, according to a statement by OMB Director Jim Nussle that was released yesterday.
Typically, the government prints about 3,000 copies of the budget annually for distribution at the White House, on Capitol Hill and to members of the media. This year's budget is expected to total nearly 2,200 pages across a set of four budget books, Nussle said.
People who still want hard copies will be able to order them from the Government Printing Office. But OMB officials expect that the switch to an e-budget will save nearly $1 million over the next five years, according to Karen Evans, administrator of e-government and IT at the agency and the federal government's de facto CIO.
The move is the latest example of the government's efforts to improve efficiencies via the use of technology, Evans said in an interview today. "From an e-government perspective, this is one of the final steps of the modernization process," she said. "You are not truly modernized until you turn off all your legacy systems."
The move to a paperless budget won't require any new IT systems, Evans added. She noted that the White House already had been making online copies of the budget available, although this is the first time that the budget will exclusively be released in an electronic form.
Via the use of the Sitemap Protocol, the OMB's IT staff has taken steps to make it easier for users to search the e-budget, and for search engines to index the data it contains, Evans said. That protocol is an industry standard designed to give Web sites a standard way to provide information to search engines about pages that are available for crawling.
Efforts have also been made to ensure that the server hosting the e-budget has enough capacity and availability to handle any unexpected traffic, Evans said without providing any details. "The worst thing that can happen is if the server were to crash," she said.
Read more about Government IT in Computerworld's Government IT Topic Center.
- 18 Hot IT Certifications for 2014
- CIOs Opting for IT Contractors Over Hiring Full-Time Staff
- 12 Best Free iOS 7 Holiday Shopping Apps
- For CMOs Big Data Can Lead to Big Profits
- Slideshow: 5 ways to lock down your mobile device
- Slideshow: 10 mistakes companies make after a data breach
- How to rob a bank: A social engineering walk through
- Which smartphone is the most secure?
If you think getting it right from day one is always what matters, you probably haven't been following technology too closely.
- IT Certification Study Tips
- Register for this Computerworld Insider Study Tip guide and gain access to hundreds of premium content articles, cheat sheets, product reviews and more.
- Bring Networks and Applications Closer--Cisco ONE
- A series of sweeping trends is placing new requirements on the tried-and-true network model--requiring network infrastructure and applications to communicate. Get the open...
- Lippis Research Reviews the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X
- In this Lippis Report Research Note, Lippis Research reviews the latest edition of the "most popular access switch on the planet" -- the...
- Design Guide--Scaling Up to a Campus-Wide LAN
- Is it time to scale your network environment to a campus wired LAN? Here's the framework you need to set up your LAN...
- Comprehensive Security: Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series
- With a rich and comprehensive set of security features, Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series Switches can help you address networking megatrends such...
- Be Energy Efficient--The Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series
- How much energy could be saved if all 230 million Layer 2 and 3 fixed managed switch ports sold in 2012 were as... All Government IT White Papers
- Modernizing SAP environments with minimum risk - a path to Big Data Hear from top IDC analyst, Richard Villars, about the path you can start taking now to enable your organization to get the benefits...
- Vblock™ Specialized System for SAP HANA® Overview video from DJ Long about the new Vblock Specialized System for SAP HANA®.
- The Power of the Citrix Mobility Solution, XenMobile Does everything become a smartphone? Or does the smartphone begin to do everything? How can we afford to support BYOD? Rather, how can...
- BYOD Happens: How to Secure Mobility How to navigate the journey of securing mobility, including the BYOD corruption of IT, the top ten mobility strategies, and the mobility management...
- Fighting Fraud Videos: IBM Intelligent Investigation Manager Short videos about IBM Intelligent Investigation Manager (IIM) for Fraud. IIM optimizes the investigation of fraud for customers across many industries in both...
- All Government IT Webcasts
Does your organization offer extensive benefits, cool perks, competitive salaries, opportunities for training and advancement? Then get it recognized!
Nominate your company or another deserving organization for Computerworld's 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list now through Dec. 20, 2013.