IAC, ACT recognize top five e-gov projects

Over the last five years, the Patent and Trademark Office has changed the way trademarks are filed.

In 2000, only 8 percent of domestic and international trademarks were filed online, making the agency deal with a paper-intensive process. But thanks to its Trademark Electronic Applications System, now 73 percent of all trademarks are filed electronically.

PTO's ability to change the way businesses communicate with the office and reduce the processing time of applications are a few of the many reasons the Industry Advisory Council and the American Council for Technology today named TEAS as one of the top five Excellence.Gov award winners at a luncheon ceremony in Washington. This was the fifth year for the IAC and ACT awards.

The IAC and ACT panel of government and industry judges chose 25 finalists out of 80 entries and picked five programs that demonstrated the best practices of e-government.

The other top five winners were:

  • E-Training, for which the Office of Personnel Management is developing a portal agencies can use to share content, connect e-learning systems and reduce duplicative investments in hardware and software.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid, through which the Education Department lets more than 10 million students apply for $60 billion in financial aid online.

  • FDA Industry Systems, the Food and Drug Administration's global extranet where food facilities can register and provide advance notice of food imports to regulatory personnel.

  • Online Customer Self-Service, a Postal Service program that lets users print postage-paid labels. Users have printed more than 6.2 million labels worth more than $125 million.

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