$10 Million Proposed for California E-Government

WASHINGTON (05/23/2000) - California Governor Gray Davis has proposed allocating an additional $10 million to the state's electronic government programs.In addition to the allocations, the proposal calls for the creation of an e-Government Business Advisory Council to provide private-sector advice on state e-government efforts.

The allocations, added to the May revision of the state budget, include $3.61 million to redesign the state's World Wide Web page, and for an enhanced electronic mail system.

The allocations also include:

* $2.45 million for government-to-business systems, providing $600,000 for online professional licensing; $450,000 for online competitive bid processing; $400,000 for e-procurement expansion to benefit small business and access multiple departments involved in procurement; $750,000 for environmental regulation of business; and $250,000 for interactive employer/employee job posting and recruitment.

* $1.5 million for the Department of General Services to replace and upgrade equipment and wiring and to provide contingency capabilities and disaster recovery.

* $1.2 million for government-to-citizens systems, including $200,00 for online domestic employer tax filing; $500,000 to expand Department of Motor Vehicle online services to include change of address, duplicate licenses, appointments and vanity plates; and $500,000 for state permits. Davis will also convene the Governor's e-Government Summit, bringing together private-sector representatives, local officials, state leaders, and federal agencies to address a master plan for implementation of e-government.

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