ERIC Number: ED346837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Information Dissemination: Innovative Ways Agencies Are Using Technology. Testimony before the Government Information, Justice, and Agriculture Subcommittee, Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives.
Brock, Jack L., Jr.
This testimony discusses ways in which some federal government agencies use technology to provide the public with cheaper, faster access to a wider range of information which can be searched and manipulated in ways never possible on the printed page. Technologies included in the discussion are compact disc-read only memory (CD-ROM), electronic bulletin board systems (BBSs), databases, voice messaging and facsimile transmission (FAX), microcomputers, floppy disks, computer networks, and online systems. Some databases from federal agencies that are available CD-ROM are discussed: the Geologic Long-Range Inclined Asdic (GLORIA)-East Coast from the U.S. Geological Survey; the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Federal Information Resources Management Regulation (FIRMR) from the General Services Administration; the Classification and Search Support Information System-Classification (CASSIS-CLSF) from the Patent and Trademark Office of the Department of Commerce; and the National Trade Data Bank from the Department of Commerce. Also discussed are a trial CD-ROM project at the National Agricultural Library; the Economic Bulletin Board of the Department of Commerce; Project HERMES, a pilot program which transmits Supreme Court decisions via personal computer and modem to subscribers; the use of voice messaging and facsimile transmission by the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Agriculture (AgNewsFAX); and the Health Care Financing Administration (HSFA) Medicare pricing table, which has been issued on two floppy disks. Government Printing Office participation in such activities and the use of Internet to disseminate government information are also mentioned. Ordering information for technology examples is appended. (DB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Information Management and Technology Div.