Goes Back to School
Brig. Gen. William L. Bond is responsible for making
sure the U.S. Army is a fully networked and digitized force by the
year 2010. What did he learn from first and second graders when he
visited Mantua Elementary School in Fairfax, VA?
Computers Handle Daily Tasks for Injured Veterans
"It makes all the difference in the world." "Now I
don't have to depend on someone else for everything." "It's really
been a lifesaver for me." The Veterans Administration Medical Center,
Spinal Cord Injury Unit in Memphis Tennessee leads the way in applying
computer technology to improve the lives of of veterans.
VA Patients Get Face-to-Face Service Across the Miles
Psychiatrist John Lehrmann has face-to-face sessions
with veterans seeking mental health therapy served by Iron Mountain's
Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. However,
doctor and patient aren't in the same room. They aren't even in
the same state.
of Reclamation Gets Ready for the Y2K
Imagine that you are a power plant operator on duty
in a major Bureau of Reclamation hydroelectric power plant around
midnight on January 1, 2000. Because of record cold temperatures,
you and others on duty get a request to increase power production.
You try frantically, but you can't. If you can't find enough people
to help you run the plant without the use of computers, you may
end up with widespread brown-or black-outs. The problem is embedded
in microchips that malfunctioned when the date could not roll over
to the year 2000. And it's just this kind of problem--Y2K (short
for Year 2000)--that Reclamation and the rest of government are
working hard to avoid.
EPA Uses the Internet to Bring Environmental Information to the Public
For the first time ever, you can request environmental
profiles on air quality, drinking water systems, surface water quality,
hazardous waste, and reported toxic releases-just by typing in a
ZIP code or clicking on a state or county. The Environmental Protection
Agency's new online Center
for Environmental Information and Statistics (CEIS) gives you
a one-stop, convenient source of reliable, comprehensive information
on environmental quality, status, and trends right in your own community.
You can find out this and about other EPA information on the Internet
in the agency's new online reinvention publication, "Harnessing
the Power of the Internet: EPA Responds to the Rising Public Demand
for Environmental Information."