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Provide All Federal Payments Using Electronic Funds Transfer by 1999
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Speeding the Way to an NIH Grant
For decades, scientists waited a year to get a grant from the National Institutes of Health. In recent years, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of 18 NIH Institutes, built three systems, using Internet-based technology that will merge with NIH efforts to create electronic commerce. They've slashed the processing time to 4 or 5 months for certain grants. The grand vision is a mere 3 months from start to finish for 30,000 grant applications a year.

Time Saving Electronic Payments Benefit Defense Contractors
The Defense Contract Management Command (DCMC) is working aggressively to increase the use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), and is supporting other Defense organizations in the use of other EDI invoicing methods for public vouchers and commercial invoices. DCMC recently unveiled the Web Invoicing System. WInS allows contractors to sign on to a secure web page, enter the invoice data, and send it on its way.

We're Looking for Stories

Federal workers are doing amazing things to deliver government services electronically. Access America E-Gov E-Zine wants to tell these stories.

We are looking for stories about federal agencies, or multi-agency partnerships, that are using information technology to provide federal payments using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

These stories can be short, as in a "byte" of about 150 words, or they can be longer feature stories. Write feature stories in plain language with quotes from customers who experience the service electronically and quotes from federal employees and their partners who deliver the service.

Include a contact person with phone number and email address. Send your stories to or If you need more information, call Pat Wood, National Partnership for Reinventing Government, (202) 694-0063. Please pass this request along to others who may be interested.