By Tony Romm - 04/09/10 04:54 PM EDT
The Office of Management and Budget still plans to unveil new rules that would allow federal agencies to incorporate tracking cookies into their websites
Current law bans the use of those tools, which track a user's browsing history on a particular website and help webmasters better individualize a page's content. Those so-called cookies are ubiquitous in the private sphere, but have remained blocked with few exceptions at the federal level since 2000 because of privacy concerns.
However, OMB never released those rules. An unnamed spokesperson later told Congress Daily that Kundra actually misspoke about the deadline.
But a spokesman for the Office of Science and Technology Policy told The Hill on Friday that the delay does not now mean OMB has abandoned its plans to change federal cookie rules.
"Work is well underway on a new cookies approach, but it isn’t ready for release yet," the spokesman said. He did not provide a date by which the guidance would be ready.
Still, OMB and its top regulatory arm, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affars, did release a host of new rules and regulations meant to clarify concerns about the federal bureaucracy's use of the Web.
Among the guidances released Wednesday was a memo clarifying a litany of ambiguities stemming from the federal
Paperwork Reduction Act, which typically requires agencies to spend
months obtaining approval before launching information collection