Quad Council salutes five top cutting-edge initiatives

Quad Council salutes five top cutting-edge initiatives

The government has a reputation for lagging behind the private sector when it comes to technology, but at least five e-government projects are on IT's cutting edge, a senior administration official said.

Mark Forman, the Office of Management and Budget's associate director for IT and e-government, today honored the five initiatives with awards from the Quad Council, which is made up of the CIO, Chief Financial Officers, Procurement Executives and Human Resources Managers councils.

The winners were:

  • The Interior Department's Recreation One-stop, one of OMB's 24 e-government initiatives. Interior will build on Recreation.gov to develop a national database of recreational information, and provide transactional services and a searchable map.

  • The Small Business Administration's www.Businesslaw.gov, started in December, which helps small businesses comply with federal, state and local laws and regulations.

  • The Defense Department's Common Access Card, which provides a single platform for electronic business functions.

  • The Transportation Department's Virtual University, which promotes distance learning and makes taking courses easier and less costly for employees.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency's Natural Language Interface to Web Content project, which won a new award for innovation. It lets EPA's chemical emergency preparedness prevention office disseminate real-time Web content to local emergency planning committees and to less equipped groups by standard telephone.
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