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OMB outlines EC plan

The Office of Management and Budget released last week the administration's strategy on how to increase the use of the Internet for electronic commerce. "A Framework for Global Electronic Commerce" recommends that private industry should lead the effort to develop EC and that governments should not impose new and unnecessary regulations or taxes on Internet activities.GAO: SBA needs better plan

The General Accounting Office reported last month that the Small Business Administration needs to improve its planning for a new database system. SBA had planned to bring the Electronic Loan Input Processing System (ELIPS) which is used to track government-backed small-business loans online last week but GAO said the agency has not shown the project is a good investment.

SBA said it did not have time to complete the analysis required by the Clinger-Cohen Act because Congress demanded the system be in place by June 30.

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Army releases teamwork guide

The U.S. Army Materiel Command has published a guide for improving teamwork between agencies and contractors. "Partnering for Success" describes how agencies can team with vendors to purchase products and services.

The methods are drawn from experience the Army Corps of Engineers has had with construction contracts. For a copy call (703) 617-8031 or fax a request to (703) 617-5680.

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