For electronic government, the future is less about IT and more about standardizing business practices. Enter the Office of Management and Budgets' Lines of Business consolidation initiative - in effect, the next generation of e-government.
OMB launched its LOB effort in February 2004, focusing on case management, federal health architecture, financial management, human resources management and grants management. The administration added IT Security last February and likely will put together task forces to look at procurement, geospatial and records management as potential LOB next year.
OMB has certified agency Centers of Excellence to provide human resources or financial services to agencies based on a set of qualifications. While IT systems must be up to par, agencies? ability to accept and process data in a standard way is the key to the success of future e-gov programs.