I thought many of you would like to voice your support for funding integration of technology in developmental education. Dave Caverly [log in to unmask] ************************** > > Department of Commerce News > > FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Paige Darden > March 31, 1995 (202) 482-1551 > > CLINTON ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES > A NATIONAL ELECTRONIC OPEN MEETING > > Organizations encouraged to serve as Public Access Sites > > Washington, D.C. -- The Clinton Administration will hold a National > Electronic Open Meeting to seek public comments on how Federal, > State, Tribal and local governments should interact with citizens in > the Information Age. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on > Monday, May 1 and end at midnight on Sunday, May 14, 1995. > > "Through this national open meeting, we hope to spur public > discussion and vigorous debate on how government can improve delivery > of services and benefits, and availability of information; and > increase citizen participation in our democratic process using > information technologies," said Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. > Brown. > > During the two week meeting, Americans will have the opportunity to > discuss with experts and other participants five topics relevant to > "People and Their Governments in the Information Age." The topics > include: Services--from delivery of emergency help and health care > to issuing business licenses; Benefits--from delivery of Social > Security and food stamps to processing small business grants; > Information--from declassifying secrets to making Census data more > easily available; Participatory Democracy--from making access to > government easier to ensuring everyone's opportunity to participate > in government regulatory and policy-making; and Technology--from > ensuring compatible electronic systems at the various government > levels to ensuring system security and reliability. In order to > participate in the meeting, a person must use a computer with a modem > or with access to the Internet (World Wide Web, newsgroups, e-mail > listservs). > > The Administration is calling on public and private organizations to > help facilitate participation by the American people who do not have > access to a computer. "We are asking public and private > organizations to make their computer facilities available, free of > charge, throughout the two week meeting," said Secretary Brown. To > participate as a "Public Access Site," institutions must have the > abilityto access Internet e-mail, newsgroups or the World Wide Web > and be willing to help encourage greater public participation by > publicizing the meeting through local press and outreach activities. > > Because many organizations have not participated before in a meeting > held entirely via electronic networks, technical assistance for > Public Access Sites will be provided by the U.S. Government Printing > Office (GPO) before and during the meeting by calling (202) 512-1530. > # > Organizations wishing further information about serving as a Public > Access Site can point their World Wide Web (WWW) browser to > http://meeting.fedworld.gov or send a blank e-mail message to > [log in to unmask] Organizations without WWW or e-mail > capability may call GPO for further information and to register as a > Public Access Site. > > In addition, the general public may obtain further information about > the content and format of the meeting by sending a blank e-mail > message to [log in to unmask] or by calling GPO at (202) > 512-1530. GPO also will make a complete listing of Public Access > Sites available starting April 16. > > The meeting is being sponsored by several federal agencies, including > the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the National > Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the > National Technical Information Service's FedWorld, and the National > Performance Review (NPR). The sponsoring agencies are participants > in the Information Infrastructure Task Force (IITF), an interagency > group formed to articulate and implement the Administration's vision > for the National Information Infrastructure, and which is chaired by > Secretary Brown. The GPO is also providing support for the > meeting. > > Note to the editor: Members of the media who would like to be > briefed by the meeting coordinators prior to the conference > (date/time TBD) should notify Paige Darden, NTIA at (202) 482-1551.