Characteristics of the Partners
Everyone involved in the development and implementation of FirstGov.gov expressed as sense of dedication to and belief in what they were doing. The sense of importance, high level commitment, and urgency was transmitted through all the partners, who pulled together to make the project a success. This was not a typical government project, mired in procurement and acquisition regulations, and constrained by the federal budget. It was much more like that of a start-up "dot.com" fueled by the energy and engagement of its members, and their belief in the project.
It was also seen as a necessary public service. The strong information policies of the federal government focused on information creation, dissemination, and records management and archiving. The creation of a government-wide portal was but one next step in the move to an electronic government.