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In accordance with the President's Management Agenda, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has sponsored initiatives to promote electronic government--the use of information technology, such as Web-based Internet applications, to enhance government services.
For on-line government services that involve sensitive information, such as financial or personal information, it is important to be able to confirm the identity of potential users. This confirmation process, known as authentication, is crucial for security and user confidence.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on overall federal information technology (IT) obligations, focusing on programs to identify IT investments that are at risk and in need of corrective action.