EPA moving onto second part of Online Rulemaking project

The Environmental Protection Agency will release a task order later this week for the second phase of its Online Rulemaking e-government project.

Oscar Morales, project manager for the Quicksilver initiative, today said the task order would be released through a large, existing governmentwide acquisition contract. He declined to offer more specifics until the task order is released.

Morales took part in a panel on the e-government portal services at FOSE 2003 in Washington.

'We want to get to phase two more quickly and to do that we need to use a GWAC,' Morales said. 'We hope to make an award and get this started in about 45 days.'

EPA launched phase one of the Online Rulemaking project in January, which included a single site for citizens to find and comment on proposed federal rules.

Phase two will take three to five years, include the migration of existing online rulemaking systems from the Labor and Transportation departments as well as the Food and Drug Administration and re-engineer the rulemaking process, according to the Office of Management and Budget's project Web site.

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