FirstGov site highlights new e-gov apps

FirstGov site highlights new e-gov apps

To get a sense of how electronic the government is becoming, go to www.firstgov.gov/featured/transact.html.

This portion of the FirstGov Web site'which recently received one of the final Hammer Awards from the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (see story Page 45)'highlights the range of electronic transactions that agencies offer.

Two clicks from the Online Transactions page is a list of agencies that sell single-family homes'from the Customs Service to the Army Corps of Engineers. Travelers can reserve a campground site or tour at a national park. Stay-at-home shoppers can buy Smithsonian Institution collectibles online.

Some e-gov sites have a limited audience, such as the National Science Foundation's FastLane research grant site. Others touch the lives of all working Americans, such as an online calculator for estimating future Social Security benefits.

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