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Vice President Gore Announces Access America
Online Magazine

For Immediate Release
March 9, 1999 
Contact: Kelly Paisley
(202) 694-0051
John Robinson
(202) 694-0093

Washington, DC Vice President Gore
announced today a new online magazine
featuring stories about a rapidly growing
electronic government. The new site, Access
America Online Magazine, is found at

"I am proud of how federal workers are using
information technology to put American
citizens in immediate touch with their
government and its services," Vice President Gore said. "Information
technology enables us to rethink and reinvent the way government

Vice President Gore's 1997 report, "Access America: Reengineering
Through Information Technology," captured his vision of using
information technology to deliver government services to Americans
and to increase government productivity. Today's announcement of
the online magazine follows the recent announcements of Access
America for Seniors and Access America for Students, the first two
in a series of online services for citizen groups.

The new online magazine website, which began as a prototype last
October, is organized around the 18 topics in the Access America
report. Written in plain language ó another Gore program ó the new
online magazine now has dozens of illustrated stories featuring
federal, state, local, and intergovernmental websites and
telecommunication initiatives. New stories are added every Monday.
Stories include: 

General Services Administrationís one-stop WEB FORMS site has
hundreds of federal public use forms that people can fill in,
print, e-mail or fax directly from the Internet. 
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporationís online database
allows people to search for lost or forgotten pensions. 
Occupational Safety and Health Administrationís online
"intelligent" Hazard Awareness Advisor allows
business owners and their employees to identify workplace
Commerce Departmentís "real time" video technology program allows small and
minority-owned businesses to negotiate product distribution
agreements with foreign companies. 
State Departmentís new, more secure passport features a
computer-generated photo and an anti-counterfeiting data
The Customs Service and Census Bureauís joint voluntary
electronic filing program
replaces the manually produced, hand delivered declaration
that exporters have used since the last century. 

The online magazine is sponsored by the Government Information
Technology Services Board in partnership with the National
Partnership for Reinventing Government, the Chief Information
Officers Council, and the Federal Communicators Network.

Note to government agencies: Send your stories or links to or

Access America E-Gov E-Zine Partners
Chief Information Officers Council
National Partnership for Reinventing Government
Federal Communicators Network

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