"Top 5" Federal E-Government Programs of 2005
§ E-Training Initiative, Office of Personnel Management - Supports the development of the federal workforce through simplified, one-stop access to high quality e-Learning products and services, thus advancing the accomplishment of agency missions. e-Training implements ongoing innovations and industry best practices to be the place for high quality training solutions. It helps federal agencies meet the challenges of the next decade by providing the tools necessary to strategically develop Human Capital government-wide. It achieves savings through: decreased redundant investments; compressed learning time; reduced tuition; and decreased travel costs associated with training. e-Training has improved efficiencies by eliminating redundancies within and among agencies in the procurement and maintenance of e-Learning systems.
§ FAFSA on the Web, Department of Education - Each year, more than 10 million students apply for over $60 billion in financial aid through programs administered by the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). Students apply for this aid by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which prior to 1997 was a complex paper-based form that took considerable time to complete and required a costly, labor-intensive data collection system to process. FAFSA on the Web enables students to apply for this aid over the Internet, reducing the number of paper applications and increasing the number of electronic applications. When deployed in 1997, www.fafsa.ed.gov allowed students to apply for federal student aid via a secure, easy-to-use Website available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since then, significant additional functionalities have been added to enhance the site’s usefulness such as “skip logic” that presents only those sections of the application that are determined applicable.
§ FDA Industry Systems (FIS), U.S. Food and Drug Administration - A global extranet used for food facility registration and prior notice of shipments for U.S. imports created under the Bioterrorism Act, FIS is an easy-to-use electronic registry of food facilities, providing advanced notice of food imports to regulatory personnel. Its functions closely align with HHS and FDA priorities for protecting the homeland by enhancing food safety and security capabilities and collaborating with other agencies of the federal government. FIS helps ensure that food entering the U.S. is safe for consumption. Providing a Web-based solution successfully addresses the challenge of moving food items rapidly over the border, while maintaining security of the imports.
§ Online Customer Self-Service, U.S. Postal Service - Otherwise known as “Click-N-Ship,” this service has provided more than $125 million in online, postage-paid labels since the program’s inception. This translates into more than 6.2 million labels that have been printed online by customers since the service began. This program alone has generated over $15 million to-date in revenue, a rate of approximately $5 million per month. “My Post Office” updates official information at approximately 38,000 postal facilities and the services they offer. Roughly 85 percent of city and rural routes can be notified of a customer’s request via “My Post Office.” This covers approximately 205,000 routes and 101 million delivery points. It is a growing solution of tools and facility information used by both customers and postal staff.
§ Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - A publicly accessible, Web-based system for submitting electronic applications for both domestic and international trademarks. By providing a mechanism for electronic filing of domestic and international trademark applications and increasing the use of electronic filing for trademarks, TEAS improves the efficiency of the USPTO application examination process. It also reduces the processing time of trademark applications.
The “Top 25” Excellence.Gov Award Finalists for 2005 (listed alphabetically by program name):
· Artemis (Department of Transportation)
· Chemical Inventory Tracking System (Department of Energy)
· Defense Civilian Personnel Data System (Department of Defense)
· DOD EMALL (Defense Logistics Agency)
· DOD Enterprise Software Initiative (Department of Defense)
· e-Center, the Industry Interactive Procurement System (Department of Energy)
· EDOCKET and Regulations.gov (Environmental Protection Agency)
· Electronic Line of Credit Control System (Department of Housing and Urban Development)
· Electronic Medical Evidence Program (Social Security Administration)
· e-Training Initiative (Office of Personnel Management)
· eTravel (General Services Administration)
· FAFSA on the Web (Department of Education)
· FDA Industry Systems (Food and Drug Administration)
· Federal Technical Data Solution (Defense Information Systems Agency)
· GovBenefits.gov (Department of Labor)
· irs.gov (Internal Revenue Service)
· Joint Expeditionary Warfare Logistics System (Department of the Navy)
· Marine Corps Equipment Readiness Information Tool (US Marine Corps)
· Modernized e-File Project (Internal Revenue Service)
· Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (Department of the Navy)
· Online Customer Self-Service Systems (US Postal Service)
· Trademark Electronic Application System (US Patent and Trademark Office)
· USDA eAuthentication Service (Department of Agriculture)
· US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (Department of Homeland Security)
· USA Services (General Services Administration)