The Evolution of Web Governance in the Federal Government

The Evolution of Web Governance in the Federal Government

Julianne Mahler (George Mason University, USA) and Priscilla M. Regan (George Mason University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jegr.2006010102
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Over the last 10 years, federal agencies have undergone a major transformation in the way they manage programs and internal administration, in their relations with Congress, and in their dealings with clients and citizens. Agencies now work in electronic environments of e-mail, electronic documents and filings, intranets, and the Internet. This article seeks to describe and to account for the emergence of what is now being termed Web governance. Briefly, Web governance is concerned with the control of content and design for agency Web sites. We explore the evolution of the process by which Web governance decisions are being made government-wide and at individual federal agencies. We look to changing patterns of administrative process in order to help account for the emergence of controls, and we find evidence of the importance of networking and of disbursed, self-designing processes.

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