For months there has been talk of the launch of a new government portal, sponsored by OMB, that will allow citizens and businesses to easily locate, and then comment on, new regulations proposed by the federal government. The url of this portal is http://www.regulations.gov, but after many announcements of its impending availability, it remains vaporware.
This is but one of many glitches that have surfaced as agencies attempt to implement the extensive e-government technology plan mandated by President Bush. The status of the plan is critiqued in a new GAO report, Electronic Government: Selection and Implementation of the Office of Management and Budget’s 24 Initiatives, released today. Highlights of the report are available here.
See also thispress statement by Sen. Joe Lieberman, the driving force behind the e-gov legislation, in response to the GAO report findings.