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National Partnership for Reinventing Government

Vice President Gore Announces Access America Online Magazine

For Immediate Release
March 9, 1999

Contact:
Kelly Paisley     (202) 694-0051
John Robinson    (202) 694-0093

Washington, DC-Vice President Gore announced today a new online magazine
featuring stories about a rapidly growing electronic government. The new
site, Access America Online Magazine, is found at
http://www.accessamerica.gov.

"I am proud of how federal workers are using information technology to put
American citizens in immediate touch with their government and its
services," Vice President Gore said. "Information technology enables us to
rethink and reinvent the way government works."

Vice President Gore's 1997 report, "Access America: Reengineering Through
Information Technology," captured his vision of using information technology
to deliver government services to Americans and to increase government
productivity. Today's announcement of the online magazine follows the recent
announcements of Access America for Seniors and Access America for Students,
the first two in a series of online services for citizen groups.

The new online magazine website, which began as a prototype last October, is
organized around the 18 topics in the Access America report. Written in
plain language - another Gore program - the new online magazine now has
dozens of illustrated stories featuring federal, state, local, and
intergovernmental websites and telecommunication initiatives. New stories
are added every Monday. Stories include:

*       General Services Administration's one-stop WEB FORMS site
http://www.accessamerica.gov/docs/infrastructure_5.html has hundreds of
federal public use forms that people can fill in, print, e-mail or fax
directly from the Internet.
*       Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's online database
http://www.accessamerica.gov/docs/services_computerveterans.html allows
people to search for lost or forgotten pensions.
*       Occupational Safety and Health Administration's online "intelligent"
Hazard Awareness Advisor
http://www.accessamerica.gov/docs/expertadvisor.html allows business owners
and their employees to identify workplace hazards.
*       Commerce Department's "real time" video technology program
http://www.accessamerica.gov/docs/tea.html> allows small and minority-owned
businesses to negotiate product distribution agreements with foreign
companies.
*       State Department's new, more secure passport
http://www.accessamerica.gov/docs/passport.html features a
computer-generated photo and an anti-counterfeiting data page.
*       The Customs Service and Census Bureau's joint voluntary electronic
filing program http://www.accessamerica.gov/docs/exporting_exp21c.html
replaces the manually produced, hand delivered declaration that exporters
have used since the last century.

The online magazine is sponsored by the Government Information Technology
Services Board in partnership with the National Partnership for Reinventing
Government, the Chief Information Officers Council, and the Federal
Communicators Network.

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