European traffic to government sites increased 6%, highlighting the move of government information online in Europe. The category was led by Europa.eu with 4.4 mln visitors (up 42%), NIH with 3.9 mln visitors (up 16%), NHS.UK with 3.4 mln visitors (up 3%), and Direct.gov.uk with 2.9 mln visitors (up 23%), comScore says.
A Gallup poll sponsored by Wells Fargo found that 89% of business owners will vote this upcoming election. Among those who have owned their business for 5 or more years, the number of voters rises to 91%. 69% of small-business owners cited energy prices as extremely or very important in their voting decisions. Over 60% also cited healthcare coverage, cutting business taxes, and the general economic conditions, while just over half cited the war on terrorism and the situation in Iraq.
The top federal IT budgets will take a 50% dive in fiscal year 2007, according to Input.
Currently the cost of illegal immigration to the federal government alone is estimated at over $10 bln a year, The Information Network reports. In addition, California citizens pay $10.5 bln a year in the form of higher education costs, higher law enforcement costs, and higher health care costs. Texas citizens pay $4.7 bln, and Arizona citizens pay $1.3 bln. There are 2811 maquiladora (export assembly plants) operating in Mexico employing 1.2 mln people, of which 2065 or about 75% are located in states along the US-Mexico border.
State and local governments will spend $44.24 bln on IT goods and services in 2005. At a growth rate of 7.5%, this figure will rise to $54.96 bln by 2008, Gartner says.
Federal agencies handed out information technology contracts worth $123 bln in 2005, 20% less than in 2004, according to Input.
In 2004, 78 mln tax returns were filed and processes electronically. 42 mln payments involved the traditional paper coupon and check.
If you take a look at the US government top 20 IT contracts, they will total $250 bln in fiscal 2006, Input says. In 2005 top 20 IT contracts provided for $250 bln.
The federal government awarded a record-high $69.23 bln in contracts to small businesses in 2004, according to Federal Procurement Data Center.
According to Input, federal telecommunications spending is expected to increase from $16 bln in 2005 to almost $21.4 bln in 2010.