Blackburn E-Commerce Amendment Passes House
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today offered an amendment to the Military/Veterans Affairs funding bill that would direct the appropriate agencies to expand their use of E-Commerce technology in conducting their business practices and public service activities. The amendment, agreed to by a voice vote, requires military-based agencies to use funding set aside for cutting-edge technology to increase their efficiency.
"For way too long our veterans have had to jump through hoops to get access to their medical records. This legislation would force Veterans Affairs and other agencies funded by the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act to build and upgrade their technology infrastructure so veterans, soldiers and military families can get this information at the click of a button," Blackburn said. "It's time to bring the Federal government into the 21st Century and this legislation helps do just that."
The Blackburn amendment is a concrete way to direct the agencies to make technological reform a priority. It will lead to greater transparency in agency asset management processes, enhance governmental reform and efficiency and spur agencies to build best practices and conduct themselves in a more businesslike manner.
The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act passed the full House and now will be taken up by the Senate for consideration.