Getting information out

A sample of what agencies posted on their Web sites after the Sept. 11 attacks:

Air Force: The Air Force posted a site where people can e-mail "stories of common people, performing uncommon acts." It includes a story about employees who helped evacuate children from the child care center adjacent to the Pentagon. (www.af.mil/news/tragedy/heroes.html)

Social Security Administration: SSA posted information for processing survivors' claims. The site notes that SSA usually requires a statement from a disinterested party about what happened to the deceased. But given the nature of the incident, SSA was accepting other types of information, such as newspaper clippings. (www.ssa.gov/emergency.htm)

Environmental Protection Agency: The EPA posted a page of frequently asked questions about what substances the EPA would test for at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. (www.epa.gov/epahome/headline_092101.htm)

Internal Revenue Service: The IRS published a page containing information about any potential tax issues. The IRS also posted notices to its New York City employees. (www.irs.gov/relief/index.html)

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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