GSA, Commerce offer IT resources smorgasbord

Those who are embarking on an intergovernmental information technology project or seeking details on emerging IT issues now have help on the World Wide Web.

Point your browser to the new intergovernmental Web page operated by the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy (policyworks.gov/intergov/). Designed to be a gateway for federal state and local government officials who are contemplating major new investments in IT the site offers a number of resources detailing emerging technology trends and issues.

Perhaps the most useful resources on the page are two comprehensive and well-organized directories. One directory provides the names phone numbers and addresses of each state's top IT policy-makers and purchasers the other provides the same directory information for countries around the world.

Click on "Intergovernmental Solutions Newsletter" to read about worldwide trends in smart card applications. The first issue of this newsletter also features smart card applications now used in federal state and local governments as well as in industry and academia. Other articles detail fledgling electronic commerce technologies and observations from recent IT trade shows.

For a higher-level view of intergovernmental IT projects click on "G7 Government On-Line" to learn about an international online project designed to promote collaboration among countries to improve public services with online systems. This section details two projects: one designed to replace paper operations and another to improve online access to public information.

Tracking Technical Information

For more IT-related information try accessing the Web site for the Commerce Department's National Technical Information Service (NTIS) which provides government-sponsored U.S. and worldwide scientific technical engineering and business-related information.

NTIS has launched a new Web page (www.ntis.gov) that now posts a collection of more than 3 million documents that have been generated by various agencies. The documents include business and management studies international marketing reports scientific data technology innovation reports and training tools.

Take a peek at this well-organized and informative site to get details on almost 1 million information product listings. Those not sure how to access particular information may want to click on "Guided Tour " which details how to find information.

Click on "Search for Products" to access details about various IT products. A search for encryption products for example yields more than 30 documents ranging from the federal standards for encrypting data to a technical report on end-to-end encryption and traffic flow.

If you are interested in services click on "Services for Federal Agencies" to access details about information management solutions and other services offered by NTIS' Electronic Media Service.

NTIS provides timely access to the newest technical information added to its collection. For the third week of July the newest additions included a Mars Pathfinder collection with background about the mission and technical details of the mission launch and data from the U.S. Geological Survey's Global Change Research Program.

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