You Need to Know about the Amazing Human Genome Project
26 with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Clinton announced
that the international Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics
Corporation have both completed an initial sequencing of the genetic
blueprint for human beings. More than 1,000 researchers across six
nations have laid out nearly all 3 billion letters of our genetic
code. On this webpage, you'll find documents and a webcast detailing
this scientific feat that will revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention
and treatment of most human diseases.
of Love: Recycling CD-ROMs Abroad
Love of Washington State's Department of Transportation teamed up
with the Pan American Institute of Highways to recycle obsolete
engineering CD-ROMs to countries that are thrilled to get them.
It keeps environmentally unfriendly plastic out of landfills and
helps transportation departments overseas. Can other organizations
use this model?
Newsletter Features Reinventing Government Worldwide
The General Services Administration's recent Intergovernmental
Solutions online newsletter contains more than 40 articles on reinvention
initiatives--many using information technology--in federal agencies,
state and local governments, and countries from around the world.
Government: A New Vision for Service Delivery
The Manitoba Government in Canada is developing
a common technology infrastructure that it can ultimately apply
across all government departments. This will mean more comprehensive
services in the future.
Starting Christmas Eve, you can track Santa's location online as
he delivers toys to children over the globe. The tracking program
started 44 years ago thanks to the predecessor of the North American
Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs, CO. A local
store advertised a Santa hotline, but the telephone number printed
was that of the Director of Operations for the then Continental
Air Defense Command. When Colonel Harry Shoup received the first
Santa call, he had his staff check radar data to see if Santa was
making his way south from the North Pole. Indeed he was and staff
gave updates to the children who called. When the United States
and Canada formed NORAD in 1957, the organization continued tracking
this important annual airborne mission. This holiday season, volunteers
from Cheyenne Mountain and Peterson Air Force Base staff the phone
lines, the US Space Command provides satellite information, and
private sector organizations pitch in to support the website.
We're Looking for Stories
Federal workers are doing amazing things to deliver government services
electronically. Government workers in other nations are doing the same.
Access America E-Gov E-Zine is looking for stories about federal
agencies, or multi-agency partnerships, that are working with other nations
to share information and technologies to improve their services to citizens.
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 agency officials and employees who can describe the benefits of
this international exchange of technical information.
Include a contact person with phone number and email address. Send
your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com. 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.