ACE Friends:

The Reinvention Express newsletter below has great news that will interest
your members or subscribers. For example, we're announcing a new website,
Access America Online Magazine,  and the overhaul of the website of the
National Partnership for Reinventing Government. I hope you'll forward the
newsletter to your group, use any announcements appropriate to your audience
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Stay in touch with me about your innovative projects and partnerships!

Pat Wood

National Partnership for Reinventing Government
(formerly National Performance Review)


October 16, 1998, Vol. 4, No. 12

An Information Sheet for Federal Communicators, Managers, Workers and Their
Partners-Pass It On

--New Online Magazine Spotlights Federal IT Successes
--NPR's Website Puts on a New Face
--All OSHA Employees Get E-Mail About Plain Language
--Treasury Proposes a Single "Electronic Face" to Collect Trade Data
--Interagency Benchmarking Site Recognized

New Online Magazine Spotlights Federal IT Successes

        A new web site, Access America Online Magazine
<>, hit the information highway this month. It
features weekly human-interest stories about how federal agencies are using
information technology to deliver services to their customers and increase
productivity. The theme is based on Vice President Gore's vision of an
electronic government in his 1997 report, Access America: Reengineering
Government Through Technology.

The new online publication is the result of a partnership that includes the
Government Information Technology Services Board <>. GITSB
members "champion" the visionary goals outlined in the report. Other
partners are the Chief Information Officers Council <>,
the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, <>
and the Federal Communicators Network. <>. Network members
are supplying many of the stories and story ideas for the magazine. We
invite your agency to send your stories to Pat Wood, NPR, (202) 694-0063 or
[log in to unmask]

We also invite writers, editors, public affairs specialists, trainers,
librarians, web managers, and other government communicators to join the
Federal Communicators Network. FCN welcomes public and private sector
members. Contact Lee Wexel, NPR, at (202) 694-0036 or [log in to unmask] You
may also apply for membership on the website above.

NPR's Website Puts on a New Face

If you're a frequent visitor to NPR's website, you'll notice that we have a
new face to display our vision and the work we're doing to help federal
agencies reinvent themselves. Our spruced up homepage <>
is a newsletter format so that you can see our top news or feature stories

Our new homepage also has 31 buttons to get you to your favorite reinvention
pages faster--things like the calendar, tools, Hammer Awards, Reinvention
Labs, High Impact Agencies, Plain Language, Access America, and
Conversations with America.

Our reinvented web site also has some new features, such as a topical index
and a pull-down box of 20 federal one-stops on the World Wide Web. Many of
these information-rich sites, such as US State and Local Gateway
<>, were developed by multi-agency partnerships led
by NPR. Some of the earliest one-stops, such as FinanceNet
<> and Acquisition Reform Net (ARNet)
<>, helped spawn successful reforms and then were spun
off as reinvention took hold.

We hope our new website will provide timely tools to reinventors, helpful
information to students and researchers, and ample evidence to the American
people that government is beginning to work better, cost less, and deliver
results that people care about. In the future, we hope to add an interactive
forum so that reinventors can talk to each other and to their customers.

All OSHA Employees Get E-Mail About Plain Language

In June, OSHA's Marthe Kent, Director of Regulatory Analysis, received Vice
President Gore's first No Gobbledygook Award (See

This month Assistant Secretary Charles Jeffress made sure that all employees
at the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration are up to speed on the Plain
Language Executive Memo that took effect on October 1. He sent them an
e-mail message with the guidelines attached.

"I personally made the commitment that OSHA will support the President's
Plain Language Initiative," he told OSHA employees. The Assistant Secretary
designated his Special Assistant Art DeCoursey to lead the agency
initiative. He asked OSHA employees to "work with Art and me to achieve the
goals of the President's initiative."

The President's directive
<> gave agencies a
deadline of October 1 to use plain language in new letters, forms, or other
documents that explain how to obtain a benefit or service or how to comply
with a federal requirement. By January 1 agencies must use plain language in
all proposed and final rulemakings published in the Federal Register, unless
they proposed the rule before that date.

For more information on plain language, including award criteria, visit If your agency needs help with plain language,
call the National Partnership for Reinventing Government hotline at (202)

Treasury Proposes a Single "Electronic Face"
for Government to Collect Trade Data

If your agency's customers include importers, exporters, brokers, carriers
and others associated with international trade transactions, you may want to
pass this message along. Treasury has announced a draft report and a public
meeting on an interagency Trade Data System, a National Partnership for
Reinventing Government information technology initiative. You can find out
more about the meeting and access the draft report at

The briefing is set for Thursday, November 5 at 9 a.m. in the Commerce
Auditorium at 14th and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC. If you want to
attend to present your views, you must call (202) 216-2760 or send an e-mail
from the web site by October 21. If you just want to attend, your deadline
to respond is November 2. And here's another deadline. If you want to
comment on the proposal but don't want to go to the briefing, you have until
November 12 to get your comments in. Send your written comments to the
Department of the Treasury, International Trade Data System Project Office,
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 4000, Washington, D.C. 20229, or by
e-mail at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Interagency Benchmarking Site Recognized

The Inter-Agency Benchmarking & Best Practices Council Website
(, has been recognized as among the best in the
world for content by the Harvard Business School Press in its monthly
newsletter, Harvard Management Update. The site is supported primarily with
staff from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Policy & Planning.
The Council's homepage was also recognized in a book published in the United
Kingdom, "Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage," by Professor Tony Bendell
of the University of Nottingham. The book includes a case study on the
Council. The National Partnership for Reinventing Government is a partner of
the Council. For more information about the Council, contact James Cavanagh
at the Department of Energy, (202) 586-8257 or [log in to unmask]

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