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GSA Replaces Antiquated Mainframe System To ImproveManagement of Regulatory Activities

GSA # 9586

June 1, 1999
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231

Washington, DC -- The U.S. General Services Administration announced today that it replaced an antiquated mainframe computer system to reduce the cost of compiling regulatory information for the Federal Government. The most immediate application of the new system will be the preparation of the semiannual Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and the Administration's annual Regulatory Plan.

"This project is another clear example of GSA using leading-edge technology to provide services to the American people," said Administrator David J. Barram. "It is a first step toward creating a real-time Unified Agenda that will provide up-to-date information to the public on regulations under development."

The new system was created through the joint efforts of GSA and the private sector. "The new system is an example of GSA's commitment to the effective use of technology for shared systems," said G. Martin Wagner, Associate Administrator of GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy. Wagner noted that the new system will give policy and regulatory customers direct access to critical databases through the Internet.

Sixty-three participating agencies will now be able to submit information more easily and efficiently through the Internet. In the future, agencies could also choose to use the system for their own internal regulatory management. Relying on a web-enabled Oracle database, the new computer system will eventually provide the public with better, more timely information about new regulations. This information will enable interested parties to participate more effectively in the regulatory process.

GSA's Regulatory Information Service Center already makes the Unified Agenda and the Regulatory Plan available to millions of citizens through the Internet at This web site helps people who want to find information about government regulation. It provides search capability and links to agencies and related legal materials, so users can obtain further information and communicate with appropriate agency officials.

For more information, contact Ronald Kelly, Executive Director of GSA's Regulatory Information Service Center, at 202-482-7340.

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