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Census dumps online plan

The Census Bureau last month announced it will not allow citizens to respond to the 2000 census via the Internet because the agency is concerned about security and the perception that the confidentiality of census information might be compromised.

The bureau will develop an Internet Questionnaire Assistance site that will allow the public to browse census-related information and request replacement questionnaires.

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EPA reports on reinvention

The Environmental Protection Agency last week reported that it has made progress reducing red tape and providing access to environmental information but that its "vast resource" of data "is not being used to its strategic advantage."

In its annual progress report, the EPA said it plans to expand electronic reporting as a way to cut paperwork by 25 percent this year, and it will launch a new Center for Environmental Information and Statistics on its World Wide Web site.

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Y2K council puts plan in action

At the White House last week, the Small Business Administration said it has developed a Year 2000 outreach strategy that includes coordinating with small-business organizations on how to deal with the Year 2000 problem and adding to its World Wide Web site a road map on how small businesses can make computers Year 2000-compliant.

John Koskinen, chairman of the President's Year 2000 Conversion Council, which is in charge of the administration's Year 2000 policies, said SBA's efforts are an example of how he envisions the council assisting the government's Year 2000 efforts.

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