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From: Novak, Kevin <KevinNovak@aia.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 10:01:17 -0500
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E-Gov reauthorization still possible

By Michael Hardy 
Published on November 20, 2008


Passage of a reauthorization bill for the E-Gov Act remains possible,
but Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) still has a hold on it. 

Many of the law's provisions are mirrored elsewhere, but the government
would lose some flexibility if reauthorization fails, Trey Hodgkins,
vice president of federal government programs at the Information
Technology Association of America, said today. 

"What is of concern is that without a reauthorization, this act will no
longer be available to give flexibility to respond to new or evolving
issues, like cybersecurity," he said. "That's not to say there aren't
other authorities, but this is an important one in this arena and a
priority for industry."

However, ITAA officials said the chances of passage are slim and
Inhofe's office has not been responsive to the group's efforts to
persuade him to lift the hold. 

The bill, S. 2321, would reauthorize the act, which was originally
passed in 2002, through 2012.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had put a hold on the bill in late September,
demanding an amendment that would require privacy assessments of
commercial data services that include sensitive personal information
when agencies use the services. 



Kevin Novak

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