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Bush officials are looking to formalize fee-for-service arrangements to fund mature e-government projects which would end the “pass-the hat” method. The official financial plans should be released later this month according to Karen Evans, the Office of Management and Budget's administrator for e-government and information technology. However, everyone does not agree with the financial transformation.
“The concept of fee-for-service is a way the government runs day in and day out,’ said an OMB official who requested anonymity.”
"One could imagine a scenario whereby you are essentially taxing agencies on the number of times they downloaded material from the Web site," the official said. "If it isn't broke, don't fix it. We've got a workable arrangement right now, and it does involve financial contributions from our cooperating agencies."