President Clinton signed an executive order last week ordering agencies to meet specific goals in awarding contracts to small businesses owned by women, but the mandate alone may not encourage compliance, according to federal information technology experts.
Although the use of the Internet may reduce costs and cut the time to file documents and buy products and services, agencies should be careful that the technology that makes it happen doesn't leave behind large portions of the public, according to industry experts.
A slew of Internet companies are offering their services to government agencies. But in some cases, particularly when it comes to government portals, the companies are not waiting for agencies to ask for help.
When the General Services Administration created the FTS 2001 contract in 1996, it did more than launch a simple contract for federal agencies it ushered in a new era of how the government buys telecommunications.