Why can’t citizens pose their own questions to government? For example, if you wanted to find out how much money the federal government was spending to clean up toxic waste, the answer could take months to find. For one thing, half a dozen agencies handle toxic cleanup. But the greatest problem is that those agencies’ computers cannot communicate with one another. The E-Government Act recently passed by the U.S. Senate would outline more rules meant to foster information sharing amongst federal agencies. This article in the New York Times discusses the Act as well as the technical challenges facing government agencies to set standards for technologies and create seamless, centralized systems.