PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES EFFORTS TO EXPAND AND HMPROVE ON-LINE SERVICES
Federal-Private Partnerships to Make Government Services More Accessible
Office of the Vice President
December 17, 1999
D.C. -- Vice President Gore announced today two bold new initiatives
to expand the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.
the Vice President announced the signing of two new executive memorandums.
The first, the "E-Government Directive", calls on federal agencies
to use technology to ensure that governmental services and information
are easily accessible to the American people. The second, the "E-Society
Directive", calls on federal agencies to use information technology
to help enrich the education and lives of all our citizens. Under
both directives, federal agencies will work cooperatively with the
The Vice President
also released Towards Digital eQuality, the Second Annual Report
of the Electronic Commerce Working Group, which details the Administration's
accomplishments over the past year promoting electronic commerce
and sets a vision for the future. Highlights include steps taken
to protect consumer rights and privacy online, facilitate the growth
of the Internet, and bring the benefits of electronic commerce to
more people. Today's report may be found at www.ecommerce.gov.
of electronic commerce has outpaced even the most optimistic predictions
and is now expected to exceed $1.4 trillion by the year 2003. During
this holiday season alone, shoppers are expected to spend about
$6 billion online.
The new initiatives
announced today, however, take us beyond the commercial aspects
of electronic commerce and challenge us to use technology to better
society through improved health care, education, emergency response,
protecting our cultural treasures, and improving government services
and accountability to citizens.
has been committed to promoting electronic commerce, helping open
the door to those with good ideas and an Internet connection," said
Vice President Gore. "But in order to meet the full potential of
this new medium, we must continue to look ahead and develop new
ways to promote 21st century commerce."
new initiatives, together with the directive announced last week
on closing the digital divide, will be a central part of the Administration's
agenda on electronic commerce for the upcoming year. The agenda
will challenge both government and the private sector to find new
ways to bring the promise of the Internet to all and move America
towards digital equality.
"moves us beyond the world of bits and bytes and into the fabric
of our society," Vice President Gore said. "As we enter the new
millennium, we must use technology to unleash the full benefits
of the digital age for all our citizens."