Do agencies trust the Web a bit too much?

Do agencies trust the Web a bit too much?

The government puts too much faith in Web sites to disseminate information, according to a recent report by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) asked the independent executive agency for the assessment in 1999. It appears at

The report said that not all needed information is available on the Internet, nor do users necessarily have the skills to use what is available. Also, no policy exists for long-term or permanent public access to Web information.

The commission suggested establishing a Public Information Resources Administration, a congressional Information Resources Office and a Judicial Information Resources Office. It recommended updating the business model of the Commerce Department's National Technical Information Service.

It also called for consistent data identifiers across agencies and said that data elements set forth in the Government Paperwork Elimination Act should be reported in Extensible Markup Language.

'S.M. Menke


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