Signs E-Government Act
December 17, 2002
Today I have signed into law H.R. 2458, the "E-Government Act of 2002."
This legislation builds upon my Administration's expanding E-Government initiative
by ensuring strong leadership of the information technology activities of Federal
agencies, a comprehensive framework for information security standards and programs,
and uniform safeguards to protect the confidentiality of information provided
by the public for statistical purposes. The Act will also assist in expanding
the use of the Internet and computer resources in order to deliver Government
services, consistent with the reform principles I outlined on July 10, 2002,
for a citizen-centered, results-oriented, and market-based Government.
Title II of this Act authorizes agencies to award "share-in-savings"
contracts under which contractors share in the savings achieved by agencies
through the provision of technologies that improve or accelerate their work.
The executive branch shall ensure, consistent with applicable law, that these
contracts are operated according to sound fiscal policy and limit authorized
waivers for funding of potential termination costs to appropriate circumstances,
so as to minimize the financial risk to the Government.
Title III of this Act is the Federal Information Security Management Act of
2002. It is very similar to title X of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which
also bears the name Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 and
which I signed into law on November 25, 2002. I am signing into law the E-Government
Act after the enactment of the Homeland Security Act, and there is no indication
that the Congress intended the E-Government Act to provide interim provisions
that would apply only until the Homeland Security Act took effect. Thus, notwithstanding
the delayed effective dates applicable to the Homeland Security Act, the executive
branch will construe the E-Government Act as permanently superseding the Homeland
Security Act in those instances where both Acts prescribe different amendments
to the same provisions of the United States Code.
Finally, the executive branch shall construe and implement the Act in a manner
consistent with the President's constitutional authorities to supervise the
unitary executive branch and to protect sensitive national security, law enforcement,
and foreign relations information. In particular, consistent with my constitutional
authorities and section 301(c) of this Act, the executive branch shall construe
the Act in a manner that preserves the authorities of the Secretary of Defense,
the Director of Central Intelligence, and other agency heads with regard to
the operation, control, and management of national security systems.