National Partnership for Reinventing Government
(formerly National Performance Review)
May 29, 1998, Vol. 4, No. 7
An Information Sheet for Federal Communicators, Managers, Workers and
Their Partners-Pass It On
Below--Wonderful Web Sites
* GovExec Names "Best Feds on the Web"
* USAToday Says Consumer.Gov Is Hot
* Yahoo Magazine Cites FedStats and Postal Service Web Pages
* Protect Your Privacy on New FTC Web Page
* Vice President Gore Announces New Web Site for Federal
GovExec Names "Best Feds on the Web"
GovExec.com, the web site of Government Executive Magazine, named 15
"user friendly" government Web sites on May 1 as "Best Feds on the
GovExec selected sites that provide excellent customer service by
means of a good design and useful information, use the Web to improve
business practices, and make use of new technologies that other
federal sites should consider using.
The sites selected are on their way to achieving Vice President Gore's
vision in his 1997 report, Access America. "The kind of government
we'll have as we begin the next century," the Vice President said,
"will be a government where all Americans have the opportunity to get
services electronically and where, aided by technology, the
productivity of government operations will be soaring."
Two Reinvention Labs are in the Best Fed list. About half represent
High Impact Agencies, that is, agencies that touch large numbers of
Americans. Congratulations to:
- Army and Air Force Exchange Service-Highly developed electronic
commerce site that's like "a department store." www.aafes.com
- GulfLINK-Easy-to-navigate site helps veterans concerned about
Gulf War illness. www.gulflink.osd.mil
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-Enticing
graphics, comprehensive information, and a recall database.
- Medicare* Great Medicare Compare feature. www.medicare.gov
- IT Policy On-Ramp-Everything a federal IT professional needs to
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Reinvention
Lab)-Everything travelers need to know to bring animals and plants
(but not pests) into the country. www.aphis.usda.gov/
- Air Force Link-"Cream of the military crop," according to
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid-Students can submit a
federal financial aid form online. www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Federal Emergency Management Agency-Fast, timely information
about natural disasters-past, present, and pending*and how to get
- Department of Housing and Urban Development-New messages daily
for customers, plus features like a mortgage calculator.
- NASA-More information for students and teachers than any other
federal agency. www.nasa.gov
- GSA Advantage-"Compares favorably to some of the best private
sector online shopping sites," according to GovExec.
- Recreation-Interagency partnership, Reinvention Lab, and Hammer
Award winner offers one-stop resource for information about recreation
on federal lands. The partnering agencies are the Army Corps of
Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation,
the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service, and the National
Park Service. www.recreation.gov
- IRS-Download any IRS tax form or publication.
- GPO Access-The Government Printing Office offers free electronic
access to a wealth of important government information.
USAToday Says Consumer.Gov Is Hot
USAToday named www.consumer.gov as one of its "Hot Sites" for
the day on May 18. "With a phone directory of federal services, scam
warnings and info on product recalls, the U.S. Consumer Gateway would
be worth multiple visits," USAToday said. "Now the site also includes
a useful guide on how we can help maintain our privacy in an
increasingly prying world. Learn how to deal with credit bureaus,
motor vehicle agencies and direct marketers."
Yahoo Magazine Cites FedStats and Postal Service Web Pages
The June issue of Yahoo Magazine includes FedStats and several US
Postal Service Web pages among the "50 Most Incredibly Useful Sites."
FedStats (www.fedstats.gov) has statistics from 70 federal
agencies. The Interagency Council on Statistical Policy developed this
Hammer Award-winning gateway site. Yahoo applauded the Postal Service
(www.usps.gov) for tracking express packages, ZIP+4 Code
Lookup, ZipFind, and MoversNet (helps movers change their address and
notify others of the change).
Protect Your Privacy on New FTC Web Page
The Federal Trade Commission has opened a new web page that tells you
how to stop credit bureaus, direct marketers, and departments of motor
vehicles from sharing your personal information with others. This gem
of a page even has sample "opt-out" letters. Visit
Vice President Gore Announces New
Web site for Federal Communicators
This month Vice President Gore announced a new web site for federal
communicators. The site, www.fcn.gov, is the homepage of the
Federal Communicators Network. The Vice President asked the National
Partnership for Reinventing Government to organize the network in 1996
to help bring reinvention information to front-line federal workers
and "create an environment for reinvention to flourish." FCN has
almost 600 members from over the country.
FCN members*in partnership with NPR, the U.S. Treasury
Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, and Government Executive
Magazine* developed the site. The site includes back issues of the FCN
newsletter, members' reports of conferences, a forum for members to
exchange information, and an online membership application form.
Membership is free and open to government writers, editors, public
affairs specialists, trainers, webmasters, and others who communicate
with federal workers, including representatives of private sector
organizations. Contact Gina Pearson at email@example.com or (202)
National Partnership for Reinventing Government, 750-17th St., NW,
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