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Electronic Govt. Fund May Recieve $12.4M in 2012

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Congress may include $12.4 million for the Electronic Government Fund in the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill which legislatures are working to pass before a Friday deadline to avoid a government shutdown.

The Electronic Government Act was signed into law in 2002 to “improve the methods by which government information, including information on the internet, is organized, preserved, and made accessible to the public.”

Earlier this year, the House had proposed funding for around $16 million in fiscal 2012. However, the Senate looked to reduce the amount between $5-7 million. If the chambers were to split the difference, they would be left with an amount of around $12.4 million, according to an article published by the Sunlight Foundation.

Funding for eGov has been hit hard, as it was reduced from $34 million in FY 2010 to $8 million in fiscal 2011.

The funds for eGov are administered by the General Services Administration and helps provide open government initiatives such as Data.gov, Federal IT Dashboard, Challenge.gov and Performance.gov.

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