|IT01||Provide Clear, Strong Leadership to Integrate Information Technology Into the Business of Government|
|IT02||Implement Nationwide, Integrated Electronic Benefit Transfer|
|IT03||Develop Integrated Electronic Access to Government Information and Services|
|IT04||Establish a National Law Enforcement/Public Safety Network|
|IT05||Provide Intergovernmental Tax Filing, Reporting, and Payments Processing|
|IT06||Establish an International Trade Data System|
|IT07||Create a National Environmental Data Index|
|IT08||Plan, Demonstrate, and Provide Governmentwide Electronic Mail|
|IT09||Improve Government's Information Infrastructure|
|IT10||Develop Systems and Mechanisms to Ensure Privacy and Security|
|IT11||Improve Methods of Information Technology Acquisition|
|IT12||Provide Incentives for Innovation|
|IT13||Provide Training and Technical Assistance in Information Technology to Federal Employees|
Substantial progress has been made on all recommendations. For example, the Federal Information Center developed by GSA to integrate governmentwide information to the public is up and running. This year, the program has expanded the center's service to 13 additional metropolitan areas, thereby providing service to all 50 states. A single toll-free number is in use (1-800-688-9889). In another effort to improve the government's information infrastructure, a governmentwide one-stop electronic bulletin board system was created to improve links among agencies.
Meetings of the Governmentwide Electronic Online Service Task Force are held on a monthly basis, with active and regular participation of online information principals from a wide range of executive and legislative branch agencies. Topics have included templates for user instruction, automated grants processes, and Mosaic technology. A most useful technical and "what's new" information exchange has developed among participants. The task force actively participated in a review of the White House World Wide Web home page and the roll-out of the Government Information Listing Service.
As more information is accessible online, concerns have grown over the security of governmental information. In response, the Administration's Information Infrastructure Task Force created a subgroup which established uniform privacy protection practices and generally acceptable implementation methods for these practices. In February 1996, OMB revised Circular A-130, Appendix III, to address better the security of federal automated information. This revision (1) requires agencies to include information security as part of each agency's strategic information technology plan, (2) includes computer security issues as a material weakness in agencies' reports required under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act, (3) requires employees and contractors to complete awareness training, (4) improves planning for contingencies, and (5) establishes and employs formal emergency response capabilities. Several efforts are under way to help train and provide assistance in information technology to federal employees. For example, GSA and the Treasury cosponsor a workshop to explore alternatives to classroom education with a focus on network-based training. The impetus for this workshop came from efforts to create an interagency group at the assistant secretary level to sponsor and develop a broad program covering differing aspects of information technology training. In addition, OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications includes a competency requirement for information technology management.