President Clinton and Vice President Gore:A Record of Leadership in Electronic Government and Technology (9/22/00)

President Clinton and Vice President Gore:
A Record of Leadership in Electronic Government and Technology
September 21, 2000

President Clinton and Vice President Gore have used the power of the Internet to cut red tape and make government more responsive to the needs of citizens. Today, as a result of the President and Vice Presidentís leadership, every Cabinet department has a web site to make information and services available to the American people at the touch of a button. Small businesses can get information on loans, parents can find information about financial aid, and taxpayers can file their taxes and find answers to their questions -- all on government web sites. With the launch of FirstGov, all of the government's online resources will be available and searchable at a single website. This new site builds on the Clinton-Gore Administration's record of leadership in expanding electronic government and fostering the growth of technology. As the first Administration of the Internet Age, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have worked to expand the use of technology in schools, to bridge the digital divide and make technology available for all Americans, to promote electronic commerce, and accelerate research and development that will help create more high-paying jobs in the future.

LEADERSHIP TO CONNECT CHILDREN TO THE FUTURE President Clinton and Vice President Gore have fought for investments in technology training for teachers, modern computers in the classroom, and high-quality education software. Technology in the classroom can make it easier for parents and teachers to communicate, prepare our children for the high-tech workplace of the 21st century, and help improve student performance in all academic subjects. As a result of the Clinton-Gore educational technology initiative:

BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE Currently, 80 percent of households with an income of $75,000 or above have computers, compared to 16 percent of households earning $10,000 - $15,0000. In addition to ensuring that all schools and libraries are connected to the Internet, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have also taken other steps to bridge the digital divide and create new opportunity for all Americans:

PROMOTING E-COMMERCE Electronic commerce is making it easier for small businesses to reach hundreds of millions of customers around the world. For consumers, e-commerce can mean more choice, greater convenience, customized products, and lower prices. President Clinton and Vice President Gore have pursued a policy that allows electronic commerce to flourish by eliminating unnecessary government regulations and relying on private sector leadership whenever possible. The Administration has made significant progress on many of its top e-commerce priorities:


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