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NEWS: Legislation Aims at Making United States Federal Government Web Resources Better Sources of Information for the Public

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  • David P. Dillard
    NEWS: Legislation Aims at Making United States Federal Government Web Resources Better Sources of Information for the Public The E-Government Law has created
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      NEWS: Legislation Aims at Making United States Federal Government Web
      Resources Better Sources of Information for the Public


      The E-Government Law has created the Office of Electronic Government which
      aims to and has the legal responsibility to make the complex, scattered
      and buried sources of government provided information more transparently
      available and easier to find and use.


      NEW ECONOMY
      Move to Open Government Electronically
      By REBECCA FAIRLEY RANEY
      New York Times
      <http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/23/technology/23NECO.html?tntemail0>
      Full Story May Be Read at the URL Above

      Excerpt:

      The federal government, with its tangle of agencies and regulations, has
      never played particularly well on the Internet, where fast-flying facts
      prevail.

      <snip>

      Until now, separate agencies have had neither motive nor means to
      collaborate on making their information and services easier to use online.

      <snip>

      The new law's goals have broad support, even though some experts question
      whether breaking those barriers could undermine the independence of
      federal agencies and create unprecedented invasions of individuals'
      privacy. But few would argue that the current hodgepodge of federal Web
      sites does not need an overhaul.

      "Most people don't know what federal agencies do," said Darrell M. West,
      who studies government Web sites as director of the Taubman Center for
      Public Policy at Brown University. "We've had a real Tower of Babel in
      e-government in which each agency designs its own site."


      Sincerely,
      David Dillard
      Temple University
      (215) 204 - 4584
      jwne@...
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