Internet firms take the initiative
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia, Natasha Haubold
- May 22, 2000
A slew of Internet companies are offering their services to government agencies.
But in some cases, particularly when it comes to government portals, the
companies are not waiting for agencies to ask for help.
GovConnect.com, for example, launched a Web site last week that makes
government information more accessible to constituents by organizing it
by topic or service area. The company also provides agencies with the ability
to create online services, such as tax return forms and Social Security
applications, free of charge.
"Rather than remember the names of all the government Web sites, people
can search by topics," said Gene DeLucia, president of GovConnect.com. "We
also make available any electronic services, such as tax returns and reservations
GovConnect.com also creates electronic forms, such as Social Security
card applications, and provides links to government information to help
answer everyday questions, at no cost to the government.
Fedamerica, unveiled May 10, provides federal employees with a single
site where they can access pay and benefits information, including retirement,
leave, health and life insurance, travel and employment opportunities.
Publicsectorzone.com, another May launch, provides everything from information
on how to reduce work-related accidents to news stories that affect the
public sector to a list of companies that offer government services.