Media Advisory
Liz Salih, Southwest Regional Coordinator
Hassle-Free Communities
4300 Amon Carter Blvd., Suite 108
Fort Worth, Texas 76155
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Government Services Easily Accessible in One Location

WHAT: Over 150 government services will now be available to the community through an interactive kiosk at Wal-Mart in Bedford, Texas. An unveiling ceremony and demonstration of the kiosk will be held on February 16, 2000, at 9:00 AM. Mr. Dave Barram, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, will be the keynote speaker.

This kiosk is an exciting new way for citizens to access government services. As a part of Vice President Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government Hassle-Free Communities initiative, this kiosk will allow customers to find federal, state, county, and city information about services.

For the first time, services will be available in a touch screen format. To make the kiosk user-friendly, the information is sorted by topical listings. Among the forms available on the kiosk are: all 1999 IRS Tax Forms, passport application and renewal forms, request forms for an official birth certificate, driver's license and change of address forms, and child support forms. Federal, state, and local telephone numbers, city events, a post office locator, mortgage calculator, and military recruiting center locations are also readily available on the kiosk.

"These new electronic government kiosks show how information technology is transforming our democracy and making government more accessible and user-friendly," said Morley Winograd, Director of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR). "They're an excellent way to bring government services and information to people where they live, work, and shop, which is the whole idea behind reinventing government by creating 'Hassle-Free Communities'."

The General Services Administration, Greater Southwest Region, is donating the kiosk. The space is being donated by Wal-Mart Store #1178. The data used to develop the software for the kiosk was provided by the Texas Wesleyan University political science internship program.

WHERE: Wal-Mart Store #1178, 4101 Highway 121, Bedford, Texas.
WHEN: February 16, 2000, at 9:00 AM

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