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E-government – Gore plans $100M online services

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Vice President Al Gore outlined a plan to put nearly all federal services online in a speech Monday at North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, the New York Times reported June 6.

Many government services – filing taxes and applying for student loans, for example – are already online.

Gore’s expanded system would include an online government purchasing system and an auction website — “G-bay”, as Gore jokingly referred to it – to sell government surplus. The new system would also allow the six million companies that file quarterly Social Security payments to do so online rather than through the mail.

Gore’s plan would cost the government $100 million, but Gore aides told the Times the plan would more than pay for itself with savings in paperwork.

Gore also proposed giving everyone an encrypted “digital certificate” to protect personal information and ensure privacy.

Gore spoke to about 100 people at North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, located in the Research Triangle Park.

For a full text of the article, go to the New York Times.

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