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Texas Uses the Web to Simplify Business Sales Tax Filing
October 25, 1998--The State of Texas--the same Texas that launched a successful performance review under the leadership of Comptroller John Sharp in the early 90s that saved taxpayers billions of dollars--keeps working to make government cost less and work better. The State has now simplified business sales tax filing. Analyst Stuart Greenfield says "Our agency has recently deployed an application that allows 'no-tax' due sales tax payers the capability to file these type of returns over the Web." It's called WebFile and you will find it on the agency's Window on State Government site.

"This application builds off the Telefile system the agency has used since 1996," Greenfield said."Both applications share the same database and a procedure is in place to extract the return data and port it to the agency mainframe to update taxpayer records."

NASA Commercial Technology Network - Success Stories
The amazing stories on this site highlight the benefits of NASA technology to U.S. enterprises, U.S. economic growth and competitiveness, and quality of life.

Department of Energy Information Bridge
How would you like to have free, convenient, and quick access to 25,000 research and development reports funded by the Department of Energy--more than 2 million pages in all! This site has it. Subject areas include physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics. Of course it has a search engine.

Best IT Practices in the Federal Government
In October 1997, the Chief Information Officers Council and the Industry Advisory Council published a joint report, "Best IT Practices in the Federal Government." The 20 case studies in this report--true success stories--were carefully culled from more than 100 nominations over the course of a year. According to the report, "Many of the nominated case studies revealed a strong predilection toward using Web technology. This was not just a case of emulating a 'hot' new tool, but rather a very solid match between the functions that Government programs were trying to achieve, the strengths of a specific technology, and the relative ease of implementing solutions using that technology." Access America E-Gov E-Zine is proud to point you to the online version of this report. You'll find everything from EDGAR, an online system that has simplified the way public companies and mutual funds make their required disclosure filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to Social Security's Interactive Video Teletraining Program that is training thousands of SSA employees over the country.

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