You Need to Know about the Amazing Human Genome Project
26 with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Clinton announced
that the international Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corporation
have both completed an initial sequencing of the genetic blueprint
for human beings. More than 1,000 researchers across six nations have
laid out nearly all 3 billion letters of our genetic code. On this
webpage, you'll find documents and a webcast detailing this scientific
feat that will revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention and treatment
of most human diseases.
of Love: Recycling CD-ROMs Abroad
Love of Washington State's Department of Transportation teamed up
with the Pan American Institute of Highways to recycle obsolete
engineering CD-ROMs to countries that are thrilled to get them.
It keeps environmentally unfriendly plastic out of landfills and
helps transportation departments overseas. Can other organizations
use this model?
Newsletter Features Reinventing Government Worldwide
The General Services Administration's recent Intergovernmental
Solutions online newsletter contains more than 40 articles on reinvention
initiatives--many using information technology--in federal agencies,
state and local governments, and countries from around the world.
Government: A New Vision for Service Delivery
Manitoba Government in Canada is developing a common technology
infrastructure that it can ultimately apply across all government
departments. This will mean more comprehensive services in the future.
Christmas Eve, you can track Santa's location online as he delivers
toys to children over the globe. The tracking program started 44
years ago thanks to the predecessor of the North American Aerospace
Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs, CO. A local store advertised
a Santa hotline, but the telephone number printed was that of the
Director of Operations for the then Continental Air Defense Command.
When Colonel Harry Shoup received the first Santa call, he had his
staff check radar data to see if Santa was making his way south
from the North Pole. Indeed he was and staff gave updates to the
children who called. When the United States and Canada formed NORAD
in 1957, the organization continued tracking this important annual
airborne mission. This holiday season, volunteers from Cheyenne
Mountain and Peterson Air Force Base staff the phone lines, the
US Space Command provides satellite information, and private sector
organizations pitch in to support the website.
We're Looking for Stories
are doing amazing things to deliver government services electronically.
Government workers in other nations are doing the same. Access America E-Gov E-Zine is looking for stories about federal agencies, or
multi-agency partnerships, that are working with other nations to
share information and technologies to improve their services to citizens.
can be short, as in a "byte" of about 150 words, or they can be
longer feature stories. Write feature stories in plain language
with quotes from agency officials and employees who can describe
the benefits of this international exchange of technical information.
contact person with phone number and email address. Send your stories
to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need more information, call Pat Wood, National Partnership
for Reinventing Government, (202) 694-0063. Please pass this request
along to others who may be interested.