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September 11, 2000 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Presidentís Advisory Committee Issues Report

The President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) has released the report "Transforming Access to Government Through Information Technology," which highlights findings and recommendations for both improving public access to federal information resources and simplifying internal and external government transactions.

The PITAC offers the following three key recommendations:

  • Fund an aggressive IT (information technology) research program that addresses the federal government's most critical long-term technology challenges, including computer security and privacy, scalable information infrastructures, and standards for data sharing and integration. 

  • Create within OMB (Office of Management and Budget) an Office for Electronic Government to promote innovative IT efforts and policies across federal agencies, and a Government IT Innovation Program (GITIP) that would fund high-risk, exploratory, and experimental IT projects. 

  • Establish pilot projects and Emerging Technology Centers (ETCs) to encourage information integration across government sectors and to push leading-edge information technology into operational systems.
The PITAC, a body of top IT experts from private industry and the research and education communities, advises the president and the Office of Science and Technology Policy on all areas related to high-performance computing and communications and information technologies. Copies of the report can be obtained from the National Coordination Office for Computing, Information, and Communications at 703/292-ITRD (4873) or via its Web site (

Source: President's Information Technology Advisory Committee

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