A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is working through the Federal CIO Council to disseminate guidance to Federal agencies on GPEA policies, best practices, and reporting requirements. The DOI CIO has responsibility for providing guidance within Interior regarding GPEA for overseeing implementation of GPEA transactions and for ensuring that resources needed to implement the GPEA requirements are captured in the Department's IT Strategic Plan and in IT capital asset budget plans and justifications. More information about the CIO Council's implementation of GPEA can be found at: http://www.cio.gov/.
Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), Title XVII, P.L. 105-277, 10/21/98. GPEA requires Federal agencies, by 10/21/2003, to provide for the option (1) of electronic maintenance, submission or disclosure of information, when practicable as a substitute for paper, and (2) use and acceptance of electronic signatures, when practicable.
GSA's Access Certificates for Electronic Commerce (ACES) program facilitates secure on-line access to Government information and services by the public through the use of public key infrastructure/digital signature technology. ACES can be of significant benefit in implementing digital signature provisions of GPEA. More information about GSA's ACES program can be found at: http://www.gsa.gov/aces.
The General Accounting Office (GA0) issued a report on 9/15/2000, Government Paperwork Elimination Act Presents Challenges for Agencies, GAO/AIMD-00-282. The URL for the report ishttp://www.gao.gov/new.items/ai00282.pdf.
OMB's guidance, in addition to procedural guidance for GPEA reporting, requires that an agency's GPEA plan relate to strategic IT planning in the budget process. If an agency needs additional resources to implement the plan, its budget request under OMB Circular A-11should reflect that need, and agency Government Performance and Results Act reports should address progress in implementing GPEA and e-government initiatives.