Title: A funding choice decision model for financing promising e-government services

Authors: Rosemary Wild, Kenneth Griggs

Addresses: Orfalea College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, USA. ' Orfalea College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, USA

Abstract: The evolution of electronic government (e-government) initiatives poses a myriad of challenges that involve complex technology, social and managerial decisions. One of the most overwhelming challenges, however, is identifying funding sources for promising e-government services. In this paper, we explore issues associated with the shortcomings of traditional government budgeting that prevent the successful use of information technology to enable e-government processes and services. We present diverse and innovative approaches local, state and federal government agencies are experimenting with to counter governmental budgeting constraints and create cost effective and properly funded e-government services. Finally, we develop a decision model to help guide the choice of an appropriate non-traditional funding approach in light of the risks associated with each alternative and the potential policy, social and political ramifications of each choice.

Keywords: e-government financing; electronic government; funding models; risk assessment; funding innovations; IT budgets; IT infrastructure; decision models; information technology; e-government services.

DOI: 10.1504/EG.2006.009598

Electronic Government, an International Journal, 2006 Vol.3 No.3, pp.241 - 255

Published online: 02 May 2006 *

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