National Partnership for Reinventing Government
(formerly National Performance Review)
October 16, 1998, Vol. 4, No. 12
An Information Sheet for Federal Communicators, Managers, Workers and
Partners-Pass It On
-- New Online Magazine Spotlights Federal IT Successes
-- NPR's Website Puts on a New Face
-- All OSHA Employees Get E-Mail About Plain Language
-- Treasury Proposes a Single "Electronic Face" to Collect Trade Data
-- Interagency Benchmarking Site Recognized
New Online Magazine Spotlights Federal IT Successes
A new web site, Access America Online Magazine,
hit the information highway this month. It
features weekly human-interest stories about how federal agencies are
information technology to deliver services to their customers and increase
productivity. The theme is based on Vice President Gore's vision of an
electronic government in his 1997 report, Access America Reengineering
Government Through Technology.
The new online publication is the result of a partnership that includes
Government Information Technology Services Board . GITSB
members "champion" the visionary goals outlined in the report. Other
partners are the Chief Information Officers Council,
the National Partnership for Reinventing Government,
and the Federal Communicators Network. Network
are supplying many of the stories and story ideas for the magazine. We
invite your agency to send your stories to Pat Wood, NPR, (202) 694-0063
We also invite writers, editors, public affairs specialists, trainers,
librarians, web managers, and other government communicators to join the
Federal Communicators Network. FCN welcomes public and private sector
members. Contact Lee Wexel, NPR, at (202) 694-0036 or email@example.com.
may also apply for membership on the website above.
NPR's Website Puts on a New Face
If you're a frequent visitor to NPR's website, you'll notice that we have
new face to display our vision and the work we're doing to help federal
agencies reinvent themselves. Our spruced up
is a newsletter format so that you can see our top news or feature stories
Our new homepage also has 31 buttons to get you to your favorite
pages faster--things like the calendar, tools,
Hammer Awards, Reinvention
Labs, High Impact Agencies, Plain Language,
Access America, and
Conversations with America.
Our reinvented web site also has some new features, such as a topical
and a pull-down box of 20 federal one-stops on the World Wide Web. Many of
these information-rich sites, such as U.S. State and Local Gateway,
were developed by multi-agency partnerships
by NPR. Some of the earliest one-stops, such as FinanceNet
and Acquisition Reform Net (ARNet),
helped spawn successful reforms and then were spun
off as reinvention took hold.
We hope our new website will provide timely tools to reinventors, helpful
information to students and researchers, and ample evidence to the
people that government is beginning to work better, cost less, and deliver
results that people care about. In the future, we hope to add an
forum so that reinventors can talk to each other and to their customers.
All OSHA Employees Get E-Mail About Plain Language
In June, OSHA's Marthe Kent, Director of Regulatory Analysis, received
President Gore's first No Gobbledygook Award (See
http://www.npr.gov/library/express/1998/vol4no10.html.). This month
Assistant Secretary Charles Jeffress made sure that all employees at the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration are up to speed on the Plain
Language Executive Memo that took effect on October 1. He sent them an
e-mail message with the guidelines attached.
"I personally made the commitment that OSHA will support the President's
Plain Language Initiative," he told OSHA employees. The Assistant
designated his Special Assistant Art DeCoursey to lead the agency
initiative. He asked OSHA employees to "work with Art and me to achieve
goals of the President's initiative."
The President's directive
gave agencies a
deadline of October 1 to use plain language in new letters, forms, or
documents that explain how to obtain a benefit or service or how to comply
with a federal requirement. By January 1 agencies must use plain language
all proposed and final rulemakings published in the Federal Register,
they proposed the rule before that date.
For more information on plain language, including award criteria, visit
If your agency needs help with plain
call the National Partnership for Reinventing Government hotline at (202)
Treasury Proposes a Single "Electronic Face"
for Government to Collect Trade Data
If your agency's customers include importers, exporters, brokers, carriers
and others associated with international trade transactions, you may want
pass this message along. Treasury has announced a draft report and a
meeting on an interagency Trade Data System, a National Partnership for
Reinventing Government information technology initiative. You can find out
more about the meeting and access the draft report at
The briefing is set for Thursday, November 5 at 9 a.m. in the Commerce
Auditorium at 14th and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC. If you want
attend to present your views, you must call (202) 216-2760 or send an
from the web site by October. 21. If you just want to attend, your
to respond is November 2. And here's another deadline. If you want to
comment on the proposal but don't want to go to the briefing, you have
November 12 to get your comments in. Send your written comments to the
Department of the Treasury, International Trade Data System Project
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 4000, Washington, D.C. 20229, or by
e-mail at ITDS@usa.net.
Interagency Benchmarking Site Recognized
The Inter-Agency Benchmarking & Best Practices Council Website,
has been recognized as among the best in the
world for content by the Harvard Business School Press in its monthly
newsletter, Harvard Management Update. The site is supported primarily
staff from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Policy & Planning.
The Council's homepage was also recognized in a book published in the
Kingdom, "Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage," by Professor Tony
of the University of Nottingham. The book includes a case study on the
Council. The National Partnership for Reinventing Government is a partner
the Council. For more information about the Council, contact James
at the Department of Energy, (202) 586-8257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Partnership for Reinventing Government,
750-17th St., NW,
Washington, DC 20006.
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