|October 6, 1997, Vol. 3, No. 9|
State and local government employees--and federal employees who work with states and localities--this message is for you. Log on to your computer. Click your web browser. Type: www.statelocal.gov.
What comes up is the US State and Local Gateway, a new one-stop website with federal information that employees of state and local governments need to do their jobs. Vice President Al Gore will officially open the site soon, but it's okay to start using it now--and to send comments on how to make it better. Fifteen federal agencies will listen. They make up the interagency team that created the Gateway following months of collaboration with state and local partners.
The Gateway offers user-friendly features including links to other customer one-stop websites, a reference room, most frequently requested information, direct e-mail to those who maintain the subject pages, a site map for easy navigation, and links to state and local government home pages.
"The payoff is amazing," Yates said. "The Gateway is already getting fan mail." A senior manager from Clackamas County, Oregon, wrote that the site is "making life easier for those of us at the state and local level...You are absolutely on the right track." A legislative analyst from Montgomery County, Maryland, wrote, "It's about time. Hurry up!!"
Subject leaders are: Administrative Management, Sally Matthews (GSA), email@example.com; Communities/Commerce, Candi Harrison (HUD), Candis_B._Harrison@hud.gov; Disasters/Emergencies, Marc Wolfson (FEMA), firstname.lastname@example.org; Education, Kirk Winters (Ed), email@example.com; Environment/Energy, Maggie Thielen (EPA), firstname.lastname@example.org; Families/Children, Dana Colarulli (HHS), email@example.com; Health, Vesta Jones (HHS), firstname.lastname@example.org; Housing, Candi Harrison (HUD), Candis_B._Harrison@hud.gov; Money Matters, Aurora Kassalow (Treasury), email@example.com; Public Safety, Karen Evans (DOJ), firstname.lastname@example.org;Transportation/Infrastructure, Bob Hayes (DOT) email@example.com; Workforce Development, George Koch (DOL), firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have information or questions outside these subject areas, contact Nancy Singer at NPR at (202) 632-0174 or email@example.com. You may reach Beverly Godwin Yates at (202) 632-0374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asbestos Advisor--The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Asbestos Advisor features interactive software that makes safety experts out of construction workers without wading through hundreds of pages of complex regulations. The Hammer Award-winning site has been hailed by industry and praised in newspapers over the country. This and other expert systems are on the OSHA web site at www.osha.gov/oshasoft/.
FedStats--Want statistics on population trends, health care costs, energy use, or foreign trade? FedStats, a web site with statistics from more than 70 federal agencies, is at www.fedstats.gov. This interagency project, sponsored by the Dept. of Commerce, received a Hammer Award.
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