Contact: Anna Bohlin, FLICC Public Events Coordinator (202) 707-4822

March 4, 1994

1994 FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies Examines Information's Role in Reinventing Government

"Information's Role in Reinventing Government: Delivery of Government Information" is the topic of the 11th annual Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) Forum on Federal Information Policies. The forum will be held on March 22 in the Mumford Room of the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Several developments critical to the reinvention of government -- current federal information initiatives, the redesign of programs to meet customer needs and the progress being achieved by key federal agencies -- will be examined by speakers that include representatives of the Clinton administration, Congress and the private sector.

The sessions will bring together federal information professionals who play a key role in the implementation of policies and programs, including librarians, information resource and records managers, archivists, and computer and telecommunications experts.

"Current Federal Initiatives in the Delivery of Government Information" will be examined in keynote addresses by Sen. Wendell H. Ford (D-Ky.) and Rep. Charlie Rose (D-N.C.), chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Printing.

The private sector's broad perspective on the future of the information industry will be the subject of a "vision statement" presented by Robert S. Willard, director, Government Marketing, Mead Data Central Inc., and commissioner designate, U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

A survey of the "Information Policy Landscape" will be offered by Sally Katzen, administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget.

William Summers, dean, Florida State University School of Library Science, will moderate afternoon panels that will examine how information programs are being restructured in the electronic era and also how key agencies are meeting the goals identified in the National Information Infrastructure Initiative.

The first panel, "Reengineering Information Delivery Systems," will feature James B. Stewart, director, Victoria (Texas) Public Library; David Russon, director-general, British Library; and Kent Smith, deputy director, National Library of Medicine.

"Information Policies in Practice," the second panel, includes Raymond G. Kammer, deputy director, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Francis A. McDonough, assistant director, Information Resources Management, General Services Administration; Thomas Weber, director, Division of Information Systems, National Science Foundation; Donald R. Johnson, director, National Technical Information Service; and Trudy Huskamp Peterson, acting archivist of the United States, National Archives and Records Administration. Concluding the forum will be an overview by Peter Herndon, professor, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston, and founding editor of Government Information Quarterly.

FLICC is an interagency committee of the Library of Congress established in 1965 (as the Federal Library Committee) to provide leadership in addressing policy issues that affect the dissemination of information to government employees and the general public. In accordance with this mandate, FLICC has arranged the forums on federal information policy, which in the past decade have become an annual status report on information access and dissemination policies.

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PR 94-050
ISSN 0731-3527

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