RegNet: An NPR Regulatory Reform Initiative Toward NII/GII
The premise of this paper is that the pressures of U.S. growth into a national economy, associated societal complexities, and advances in present information technology are rapidly leading the United States out of the post-Industrial Age and into the Information Age. The relationship between the various components of our government and its citizens in an Information Age are substantially different from those found in the post-Industrial Age. The actual structure of our government has been tuned for an Industrial Age level of societal complexity and technology sophistication, and it is being challenged by current conditions.
Given that the preamble to the Constitution of the United States was probably the first written occurrence of a national goal and objective, the original structure of the government was crafted so that the implementation of government, or governance, allowed citizens to achieve the preamble's intent. For individuals for whom this was not the case, governmental process allowed changes to be made.
Regulatory reform initiatives today, especially those involving the implementation of technology, have a significantly greater degree of difficulty in being able to allow citizens to enjoy the intent specified in the national goals and objectives. This is predominantly due to the lack of a national information plan that deals specifically with mapping citizens' needs and rights to regulatory information to national goals and objectives. When an entity consistently fails to deliver to its customers the products that allow the customers to enjoy the achievement of the entity's goals and objectives, then that entity is doomed to fail. If the entity is a federal, state, or local government, then that entity is not permitted to fail and action is required to be taken.
In the following sections, there is a development of several key attributes. These attributes are complexities in regulatory interaction, complexities in implemented levels of technology, and unit of governance involved in the interaction. The discussion shows that when societal complexity and/or technology advances cause government to be engrossed in too fine a level of detail that is too fine, then the structure of government changes to accommodate the complexities. The most dramatic revision so far has been the development of the fourth branch (referring to the creation of the regulatory agencies and programs) of our federal government.
It is time now for the various levels of governance to redefine themselves and their customers and return to a citizen-centered philosophy.
Statement of the Problem
Perhaps to fully understand RegNet, it is best to understand RegNet's customers and the problems that they experience. First and foremost among the customers is the private citizen in the United States who is seeking regulatory information or to have an impact on changing the system. Next there are citizens who form themselves into public interest groups, typically centered on a particular topic or concern. Then there are corporationsboth for-profit and not-for-profitsthat represent various commercial or private interests. Finally, there are various agencies of government at the local, state, and federal levels.
Each of these customer groups will pursue regulatory information for different reasons. The individual citizen may seek regulatory information to achieve some level of assurance that the regulations are safe and sane and adequately deal with the citizen's concerns. Public interest groups will typically look through regulations in order to find out how the public might better comply with them. In some public interest groups, the intent is to become better aware of the regulation in order to lobby industry or government to more effectively meet the requirements. Corporations will use the body of regulatory information in their day-to-day operations to remain in compliance with the rules as they pursue their corporate goals and objectives. Finally, the various regulators will look at their regulations in one of two different ways. The first is in their role of oversight, or watchdog, and in this case they will review regulations to inspect or enforce them on the industry sector they oversee. The second way the government uses the regulatory information is with the intention of fine-tuning or improving it.
Unfortunately, because of the vast complexity of government today, these RegNet customers typically become frustrated in their pursuit of information. This complexity stems from the many agencies and organizations (international, federal, state, local, and tribal) that issue regulations independently and without consistency. The breadth of this problem encompasses all regulators and regulated entities (industry, government, and the private sector).
This frustration of dealing with government is complicated by the inability to deal with the immense collection of regulatory information using present paper-based methods of access. In addition, the communications between people and their government is limited by technologies (telephones, fax, personal meetings) that have not been able to deal with the enormity of these complex information structures.
The primary cause of this frustration is that the national goals and objectives are not being met by the current implementation of technology.
This discussion, though complicated and fundamental, is centered on the least complex form of governmental interactionthe one-to-one model. This simplest interaction is used to enforce rules and to gather or publish information. The other three forms of interaction, discussed in the background section below, are all more complex than the previous.
All four of these levels of regulatory interaction have serious problems associated with them. How do we know that this is the case? Customer satisfaction is low, costs to maintain the bureaucracy are high, and the effectiveness of many regulations is poor to nonexistent. Even the ancedotal stories of regulatory abuses and excess are making for best-selling novels these days. The solution is to revise the regulatory structurethe current effort is called either reinvention or reengineering. At best, reinvention will blend intelligent technological implementations with thoughtful structural modifications in such a way that quality regulatory services are delivered to as wide a customer base as possible. This is the so-called citizen-centered form of governance.
The six planning and demonstration projects contemplated in this paper are best understood as having three conceptual dimensions, as shown in Figure 1.
One dimension is technological. Each project is defined as having a locus on a spectrum of increasing sophistication in communication and information technology. By accurately situating a given project on the IT-sophistication dimension, we can begin to see the interrelatedness of all six projects. We are also able to resolve questions of how, when, and wherewith respect both to conducting the project itself and to operation of the project's end product by its eventual users.
A second dimension relates to regulatory functions. Each project has its space on a spectrum of increasing forum complexity or multiplicity of interested entities. Again, by carefully defining the position of a particular project along a dimension of regulatory-function complexity, we can appreciate project interrelatedness. We can then address the issues of who will or should be involved in project operation and eventual product use, and what exactly they will or should do.
A third conceptual dimension embraces the entire list of governmental units and agencies, graded by increasing scopelocal, county and municipal, tribal and state, federal and internationaleach governmental unit with a discrete set of "customers" and entities subject to its authority. By relating our six projects to such a spectrum of agencies and associated client sets, bearing in mind national goals and objectives, we can approach an understanding of why these proposed projects are crucial and should be funded.
X-Axis: Information Technology
Information (the content) and technology (the conduit) have been with us for a long time. No doubt, properties of the conduit have always had a heavy effect on the content, just as qualities and purposes of the content affect conduit developments. Acknowledging the reciprocal relationship and importance of the two, it is helpful to keep them distinct in analysis. To the degree that conduit and content can be considered separately, the former is discussed in this section. The following section, on regulatory functions, treats content. Following that, in a section on governmental units and their customers, we treat contextthe considerations that give relevance to conduit and content.
Students of the human history of information often parse the subject into four general periods, reflecting available and utilized technologies. Earliest was an oral or bardic culture, when human memory was the chief tool for information exchange (perhaps supplemented by musical instruments, cave paintings, and carved objects). Later, scribal culture arose, adding to the serviceable toolkit such devices as pen, brush, ink, paper, and expert familiarity with their combined use. In the fifteenth century, the use of movable metal type in printing presses changed human society fundamentally. More recently, the theory goes, a similarly profound shift has starteddigitization of information. It will affect human thinking, working, playing, and relationships in unknowable waysregarding entity boundaries and properties, groups, ownable or meaningful objects, transactions, and disputes about all of the above.
The foregoing historical framework is a useful aid for understanding issues we face today. Our problems stem in significant part from cultural conflict. The entities, habits, tools, methods, and competencies of print
culture are in the process of incomplete and uneasy evolution into those of digitized-information culture. Letterpress was the first technological invention enabling the print or book period. Photography, telegraph, typewriters, photocopiers, and faxes expanded the power of printed word. Those methods form the core of a conservative model of IT sophistication.
Technological advances in the recent two decades and growing user familiarity with those methods suggest that there may be a very detailed spectrum of sophistication in information technology, but we offer below a simplified scale for sorting the proposed six projects.
We describe four marks on the spectrum of information technology sophistication:
Y-Axis: Regulatory Functions
Before discussing regulatory functions, we should step back and look at functions of government more broadly. Regardless of conduits available, one function of rulership is the gathering and publishing of information. Ancient polities in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Rome, whatever their varied structures and operational differences, all gathered information from their subjects and the world at large, processed it in some fashion, and disseminated it. Information typically collected would include, for instance, head counts, land boundaries, tallies of wealth and capability, and assessments of intention. Disseminations commonly took the form of rules, orders, decisions, and descriptions.
More modern governmentsfor example, those of Florence in the 1500s, France in the 1600s, and Britain in the 1700swere information entities just as the ancient polities had been, but the moderns had a quantitatively different problem. Often they had larger populations and accumulations of wealth, more sophisticated communications technology (conduits), and certainly more complex data, both to gather and to publish. Those modern polities handled the increased volume and complexity, generally, by inventing tiered and nested organizational hierarchies with specified subject matter authorityoffices, bureaus, ministries, and committees.
In the 1780s, the founders of the United States chose a three-part form of government that we are all familiar with: the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. One was to write laws, another to administer them, and the third to resolve cases and disputes. Each functional power was separated from the other two, counterweighting and limiting them. Our country's founders were not openly concerned with informational volume and complexity. They aimed instead to secure entities and their properties by averting in the long term both the tyranny and the license, respectively, of too little and too much liberty.
That constitutional division of government functions has served us remarkably well. However, though it may well have sufficed for the degree of informational complexity foreseen by the founders, it did not anticipate the industrial revolution and associated advances in information technology that would unintentionally engender an extensive increase in complexity. When in due course informational volume and complexity became too great for government to handle, threatening to overwhelm resources of the federal executive, judiciary, and legislature with details, a fourth branch of national government was invented: the administrative and regulatory agencies (Figure 2).
Regulation as we understand it today was largely unknown during the first century of this republic. Individual states had engaged in economic regulation for a long time (of turnpikes, bridges, mills, foodstuffs, civic hygiene, and licensing of physicians, for example). But federal involvement with private productive enterprise
was limited to canals, the national highway system, and banks. A strong revenue base, a trained civil service, and systematic economic informationnecessary conditions of a modern regulatory statewere lacking until after the Civil War.
Requirements of organized ingenuity, production, and distribution for nationwide conflict combined after the Civil War with private economies of scale and a competitive, almost predatory work ethic (expressed in the doctrines of Social Darwinism and laissez-faire). Results of the combination were dense concentrations of wealth and productivity in transportation (rails, shipping), commodities (oils, steel, sugar), and finance. Also, significant abuses of market freedom occurred, some groups were treated with shocking unfairness, and gilded figures flaunted their success and power. The corrective was a wave of regulation. It started tentatively with the Interstate Commerce Commission (1887) and the Sherman Act (1890) and continued, massively, through the Progressive Era (1902–14).
Two other great regulatory expansions happened later. One we call the New Deal (1933–38). Chiefly, it reallocated power among economic interest groups. The other began in the late 1960s and lasted about a decade. In it, political issue groups sought substantial reform of civil, social, and consumer rights, environmental protection, and renewed political responsiveness after Vietnam and Watergate. Between each of the major expansionary waves, there were interglacials (so to speak) when implementation, adjustment, consolidation, and reassessment took place with respect to the preceding regulatory impetus. The oscillatory cycle evidently runs like this: Perceived abuses or inequity prompt disillusionment with a free market; regulatory discipline is applied
to remedy the market failure; inefficiency or ineffectiveness in due course spoils the regulators; and market efficiencies and discipline are pressed forward to correct the regulatory failure.
As we have suggested, administrative and regulatory agencies arose in part as a consequence of this mounting complexity of information. In addition to the function of information gathering and publishing, agencies typically included the three constitutional functions. The traditional and general branchesexecutive, judicial, and legislativein effect allowed a limited portion of their respective functions to be delegated to expert and focused subordinate agencies. In concept, these agencies would spare the executive branch, the Court, and the Congress from detailed and repetitive chores of administration, dispute resolution, and rule making. In the ordinary scheme, agencies would report to both the executive branch and Congress, and agency decisions would be subject to review by the Court. An agency's four functions would each connect and operate in different ways with its customer set, from an information base held partly in common.
These four functions are described below.
Our account of regulatory development is intended as a summary and overview, and may be too simplified. There have been many efforts over the years to reform regulationboth its substance and its proceduresin narrowly confined areas within a given agency and across broad sweeps of government. Certainly, our short history gives no idea of the extensive variety of regulatory function practiced today and the detailed articulation of those functions with private entities. In important ways, the detailed variety and extensive articulation are aspects of the problem that our six proposed projects are designed to address.
For the purposes of this paper, we have contrived a measuring system for the regulatory function dimension of analysis, a sequence of check marks. It accommodates all of the variety of agency functions as well as the myriad contemporary articulations of regulator with regulatee or other external entity. It does so in a
fashion that seems sensible and accessible both to students of governance and administrative law and to experts incommunications and information technology and software engineering. It may be that there are many workablemeasuring schemes. We develop one below, borrowing substantially from formulations in microeconomics,information physics, and psychology.
Z-Axis: Government Agencies and Customers
A detailed exploration of business process reengineering or government reinvention is beyond the scope of this paper. But two central principles from those undertakings inform our discussions here: (1) productive entities or units exist, and their current boundaries and methods of operation often reflect historical accident, ingrained habit, or risk aversion; and (2) both entity boundaries and productive processes frequently need to be reengineered so as to be customer driven, market and competition oriented, enterprising, decentralized, and community responsive.
Understandings of public entity ''effectiveness" and "efficiency" differ from those applicable to private, profit-making entities. And the concept of a public entity's customers or clients is not the same as that applying to a private entity. Still, there are strong analogies that assist analysis.
We hear anecdotally that some 82,000 governmental units have been identified within the United States (not including metanational entities, such as treaty organization or international dispute-resolution bodies). Of course, each governmental unit has various sets of clients or customers or respondent entities grouped according to subject matter issues for formal proceedings. A comprehensive map of these groups would be dizzyingly complex, but a simplified scale is developed below that allows us to tear apart the complexity, to locate governmental units and their customers along a spectrum of entity scope, and to describe regions where each of the six proposed projects are relevant both as to project operations and as to end-product users.
There are four check marks on the government entity axis:
This discussion includes the development of a comprehensive national plan called RegNet that supports national goals and objectives vital to economic prosperity and security. The RegNet national plan integrates (1) ongoing reinventing government and regulatory reform initiatives, and (2) advanced high-performance computing, communications, and information technology with (3) intergovernmental, interacademic, interindustry, and public interests. This plan is an integral part of the proposed technology development and demonstration projects initiated in this paper.
The following is a summary of the RegNet national plan attributes, which reflect human and technological needs, two separate but interdependent requirements to meet in furthering national goals and objectives.
RegNetA Human and Technology-based Definition
RegNetA Citizen-based Definition
RegNetA Concept and Initiative for Regulatory Reform and Economic Development
Such a plan implies the full integration of appropriate and applicable data, information, and material in specific domains of interests. This is also the objective of the Vice President's National Performance Review
(NPR) RegNet projectto coordinate the planning, development, and implementation of a distributed, intelligent regulatory information system. This plan will include consideration of both national and global information infrastructure environments.
This plan recognizes that the need for information and material in the private sector is different from that of the public and nonprofit sectors. For example, governments need information to develop laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and practices, whereas the public and industry need access to government processes to become better informed and more able to participate in the decisionmaking processes that affect their future. In addition, the private sector's needs derive from the desire to be in compliance with regulations and associated processes. With information fully distributed to all interested parties, individuals will be adequately prepared to support national goals and objectives.
Only nine participating HPCCIT federal agencies are coordinated by the National Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC). This coordination is tied directly to the nation's economic policy in support of national high performance computing (see the High Performance Computing Act of 1991). There are no other federal policy level offices responsible for coordinating HPCCIT national goals and objectives, leaving more than 130 remaining federal agencies, departments, and commissions without HPCCIT policy coordination and integration. This lack of coordination and integration results in inconsistencies, inefficiencies, wasted time, and misdirection of precious human resources and funding. The eventuality and schedule for RegNet deployment rest, in part, on enforcement of HPCCIT policy throughout the federal government, but more importantly on intergovernmental cooperation, collaboration, coordination, and integration, perhaps starting with the National Governors' Association.
As it approaches the twenty-first century, the United States faces challenges that transcend state lines and national boarders. This country must shape economic policies for a competitive marketplace. RegNet will contribute to HPCCIT, NII, and GII by playing a vital role in meeting national economic and security goals and objectives.
The NCSA RegNet project addresses and responds to these challenges by underpinning a plan and demonstration project that is based on national goals and objectives (reinventing government, regulatory reform, grand challenge applications, and national challenge applications vital to national prosperity, including NII and GII initiatives).
The issues are important ones for the country's federal, state, and local governments and, more significantly, for its people and businesses. The proposed projects directly support national goals and objectives of NII, GII, and intergovernmental regulatory communication and information needs. Also, the following national challenge applications have been identified by the HPCCIT subcommittee:
This discussion supports the development of a national plan that would be able to encompass and embrace disparate demonstration projects affecting international, federal, state, local, and tribal governments as they affect American citizens. We describe five demonstration projects in federal, state, city, tribal, and rural environments. In essence, a needs assessment of stakeholders has been performed by Congress and the executive branch (e.g., bills and hearings in support of the High Performance Computing Act of December 1991, and subsequent legislation, and executive orders). Regulators, the regulated, and the public need easy access to
regulatory information. Intergovernmental regulatory collaboration that depends on this easy access to information requires the planned use of advanced communication and information technology initiatives. These initiatives have been supported in the Vice President's NPR, the Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP), industry groups, various federal regulatory agencies, and academic and research institutions. Regulatory reform is under way and needs the vision, coordination, and integration planning recommended here.
An intelligent, three-dimensional visual model will be developed to help communicate this comprehensive RegNet national plan and to illustrate the communications and information interrelationships, including those among the various government, academic, and industrial organizations and the citizen. The collaborative partnership refers to this model as the citizen-centric model since it focuses on the people of the United States Preliminary visual models have already been developed for previous NPR meeting and proposals. The first is a two-dimensional concentric circle diagram representing the RegNet national plan GII. At the center of this diagram is the frustrated citizen desiring access to regulatory information. Each succeeding concentric circle represents an organizational entity (level) that has access to the same regulatory information, and regulatory process, as the citizen. Combined, these circles (levels of users) represent a national regulatory information infrastructure. In turn, each country of the world (more than 180 countries) will eventually have an infrastructure in support of similar levels of regulatory information users and will become a part of the GII. A pie-shaped sector of these concentric circles represents all regulatory information users in each state of the United States. These levels (international, federal, state, local, and tribal governments in addition to national laboratories, industry, research, and academic institutions) form the model for intergovernmental, interacademic, interindustry, and public coordination and integration of the RegNet national plan. Different organizational entities within each state can have interrelationships both internal and external to that state. For other nations, the model can be replicated with their appropriate organizational entities represented.
A second three-dimensional, intelligent, interface model will be developed for RegNet. This visualization model represents the entire intergovernmental intelligent distributed regulatory information system model. The GII represented here includes (1) an intergovernmental regulatory definition model, (2) an interindustry facility/product definition model, (3) a cost-benefit, risk assessment, economic assessment definition model, and (4) an analytical definition model. All regulations for all governmental bodies (international, federal, state, local, and tribal), all industries (all sea, land, air, and space industries), all hard analytical tools (structural, mechanical, electrical, architectural, illumination, acoustical, etc.), and all soft analytical tools (cost-benefit, economic, risk, and environmental assessments) are incorporated into this intelligent interactive visualization model. The RegNet national plan will incorporate regulations and regulatory processes using intelligent, distributed computer systems, will access the information from anywhere, and will make the information comparable and integrable for the customers. These features include the integration of the enterprise-level information and sophisticated human interface characteristics.
The concept of an intergovernmental regulatory collaborative, called RegNet by the NPR, came about after many fragmented and independent attempts made by government, academic and research institutions, and industry groups to integrate and coordinate regulatory communications and information needs of the regulator, the regulated, and public entities. RegNet, as an intergovernmental regulatory collaborative partnership with the people and their institutions, will supply communications and information technology needs to a broad clientele (including research, development, and application teams). The initial concept of a "collaboratory" was proposed as a "center without walls, in which the nation's researchers could perform their research without regard to geographical locationinteracting with colleagues, accessing instrumentation, sharing data and computational resources, and accessing information in digital libraries." This discussion incorporates the "collaboratory" concept for use by all public, private, nonprofit sectors and the public.
The RegNet national plan encompasses all regulators and regulated stakeholders (industries and the public) under the reinventing government and regulatory reform initiatives of NPR. It also will support researchers' needs for such collaboration. Its grassroots base can provide generic distributed benefits across the nation. The plan will depend on a global network of computers to facilitate the performance of its functions and is envisioned to offer a complete infrastructure of software, hardware, and networked resources to enable a full range of collaborative work environments among intergovernmental, interacademic, interindustry, and public sectors.
An NII initiative is being implemented in the United States, of which current, large-scale regulatory movements should become a part. The deployment and use of HPCCIT and the NII are both essential to meeting goals and objectives in the global marketplace. Regulatory reform is thus part of a movement with a great positive inertia behind it.
The Demonstration Projects
For the past two to three decades computing has grown from the dominance of large mainframe computers running in information system department glass palaces to desktop personal computers with slow processors to very high speed performance through special hand-built processors on small compact supercomputers to the era of the microprocessor having extremely high power in a desktop machine. Applications on these new desktop machines scale easily to high-performance computers with many of these same microprocessors tied together. In the past, people for the most part have been able to ignore the use of these desktop machines if they chose to, or if they worked in an environment where computers were absent. Many professionals relied on their clerical staff to use computers for word processing and spreadsheets, but their own involvement beyond this level was usually not required and is still often avoided. Traditionally, only those involved in science and engineering pursued faster and more widespread computing and networking technologies.
Beginning in 1993, when the National Center for Supercomputing Applications released Mosaic, a WWW browser, a fundamental and permanent change began to evolve in all sectors of society, which are now pursuing connections to the Internet and are installing current-generation computers at home and at work. This is not taking place because of the computers themselves, not even because of the Internet, since that has been around for over two decades. What is different now is the human interface. Through the use of WWW technologies and easty-to-use graphical browsers, information and the ways we learn, discuss, and collaborate have become primary commodities on the Internet. Nothing will remain the same in any segment of society from this day forward because our society at large is on the brink of the Information Age. The "customers" within our society are beginning to demand technology and the information it brings: students and parents are driving teachers to be able to access new information sources, teachers are driving administrators to connect schools, purchasers of goods and services are going to the WWW for products and information about products, and citizens are beginning to view and communicate with the government electronically and are expecting services to be available via the Internet.
Regulatory reform has been discussed for many years. Regulations at the local, state, and national level consume citizens' time and money at an alarming rate and create for the nation a complex, unmanageable system that yields no obvious advantage. For example:
Information technologies and the tools of communication across the WWW, which are evolving at an incredible rate, have finally given the nation hope that regulatory reform is possible. It would be total chaos to try to address every possible demonstration project of how technology can be used to solve or overcome obstacles to regulatory reform. Our decision in this paper and in the related documents has been to choose five projects that
will bring together the primary tools as they are now viewed and to apply them to significant but reachable goals and demonstrations. The partners in this set of demonstrations represent industrial, academic, and government organizations that will form the basis for extended collaboration across the nation by all segments of society on regulatory problems in every area of society.
Collaboration software is one cyberspace tool that will become as common as electronic mail for users in just a few years, and rule making is one important regulatory activity that will benefit from collaboration across the Internet. With current and evolving tools, the WWW will allow various segments of society to work together, electronically, to decide on a regulation and to automatically manage the process of consensus and measurement related to a proposed rule. Virtual negotiations and adjudication of regulations, all of which will be electronically available, will allow all segments of society to play a part in the regulatory process. With regulations becoming a part of an openly available electronic database for the nation, it will become essential that access to them begin to be automated and intelligent and that analysis toolsfrom 3-D visualization tools that are accessible across the WWW to virtual reality (VR) analysis tools, which require immersion and high-performance computingbecome automated and effective. The demonstration of these tools in a rural government test bed is essential and puts measurable and meaningful results out for open debate and evaluation. It must be investigated how these tools can be used effectively by the general citizenry of the nation in real everyday situations requiring interaction with government at all levels.
These projects will push the limits of available technology in a regulatory environment and will drive future developments tying technology to information and regulations. The collaborating institutions represent a broad, experienced basis of institutions for other academic, industrial, and government organizations to become involved with in research and demonstration collaborations.
The five technology demonstration projects represent the kinds of technologies that are able to reshape the way people interact with their government (human interface and visualization technologies). These projects, along with the RegNet national plan, described above, provide a success path that governments at all levels can follow to move their regulatory functions effectively into the Information Age. Other methods that do not involve a linking plan and demonstration projects are prone to be less successful.
These projects were selected because there is some existing development under way and because there is a need to integrate their technologies into the overall NII plan. In addition, there is a requirement to formally understand the links between these projects and the national goals and objectives. These projects will leverage the existing NII activities (HPCC, ATP, TRP, etc.) It should be noted that these projects leverage significant investments from industry, not-for-profits, and other publicly interested activities.
Demonstration Project One: Collaborative Participatory Rule-Making EnvironmentRuleNet
This project will develop and demonstrate the concepts associated with a collaborative rule-making workspace utilizing the Internet and WWW technologies. This type of workspace is being developed by an intergovernmental partnership along with some interindustry support. One of the first uses for this type of workspace (that is, the content for the rule making workspace) is in the area of collaborative participatory rule making in the nuclear energy domain. This places this project at the significant level point on the regulatory complexity axis and at the emerging point on the technological complexity axis. Additionally, since the topic under discussion will be some proposed rule within the nuclear industry domain, regulated by a federal agency (the U.S. NRC), this places the project at the federal level on the governmental unit axis. Being at the federal level of primary governmental involvement means that there can potentially be many thousands of participants on
one side of the discussion and several (regulators) on the other side. Additionally, there can also be participation both by industry consortia groups and by public interest groups.
This type of workspace environment will be central to many of the national challenge applications where public interactive access is a requirement. This project is designed to test technology as it applies to this mode of regulatory interaction.
This first project actually is composed of two primary work efforts, a part that has already been planned and is being funded now (caught on the fly as it were) and extensions to the original planned work scope that will allow this project to more readily fit within the overarching RegNet scheme. By capturing the first part of this project in this way, it is possible to build quickly upon the results of already planned activities with minimal interruptions to work scopes and schedules and to gain maximum benefits for the overall efforts.
The intent as represented here is to more fully support the initial, already planned phase of this project and then add to it the pieces that allow the links to the national goals and objectives, the national regulatory information plan, and the other projects within this grouping.
Phase One: Activities Captured on the Fly
This first phase of the project represents a new initiative with U.S. NRC. But Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has conducted two previous electronic forums or dialogues in partnership with the NPR: the Vice President's Electronic Open Meeting in December 1994, and the HealingNet initiated after the April 19, 1995, bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. A third electronic forum is being built for the discussion of federal acquisition reform (FARNet, one of the several ongoing NPR NetResults activities).
LLNL will provide all of the technical and administrative support for the RuleNet project including, but not limited to, document preparation and conversion to HTML and other formats as appropriate, technical expertise in the form of an expert/facilitator, technical analysis and categorization of comments, "listproc" distributions, WWW home page development, Mosaic-type server with file transfer protocol and Telnet capabilities, telecommunication links, document analysis tools, creation of separate electronic meeting areas where registered members may caucus, and other tasks as necessary. It is necessary for the contractor to assign technical staff to perform the tasks as outlined. Each staff member will have the appropriate expertise to accomplish their function within the assigned task. The key position of expert/facilitator is considered essential. Upon the acceptance of the project by the U.S. NRC and DOE, and acceptance of U.S. NRC funding by DOE, LLNL will mobilize a team consisting of engineers, computer scientists, graphic artists, technical editors, and a facilitator/moderator/coordinator to design and lay out the RuleNet WWW site. This task will consist of six subtasks:
Phase Two: Extensions for RegNet
The second phase of the work effort is tailored to three areas:
In the area of automated management and consensus development, this project is designed to allow flexibility in the way that the single entity (the U.S. NRC) can interact both with the several entities (the regulated industry and their industry consortia representatives) and with the many (the general public). Each of these three groups have differing roles and responsibilities in this type of collaborative rule-making process and each needs to have its interest represented. The automation aspect of this project is geared toward developing mechanisms whereby some degree of moderator interaction can assist in managing the potentially thousands of interactions from the general public while still allowing the primary discussions between the regulated and regulator to take place. In addition, the ability to achieve consensus from the general public by intelligently parsing their comments will be of tremendous use for the regulator and for industry when it comes to finalizing proposed rules.
In the arena of metrics, this project will be of benefit by establishing some demographics on a federal level, rule-making activity. The preliminary numbers of interest would be items such as the number of regulators, industry representatives, and general public participants involved. The impact of rules on each group as perceived by the group correlated to the impact on each group as perceived by the other groups would also be of interest.
Finally, this project would have a post-implementation debriefing phase where an evaluation of all pertinent metrics would be made and folded into the RegNet national plan as well as into the other four projects of this overall effort.
To implement this collaborative workspace, information infrastructure tools are necessary. Since a collaborative workspace allows users to visualize information in new and dynamic ways, users may want to make notes about what they find, or to query an object to obtain specific information about the object in the space. An annotation system would allow users to integrate their notes directly into the collaborative workspace and to obtain detailed textual, graphic, or other information while still within the collaborative workspace. Additionally, there will be times when the threads of negotiation become extremely complex and users may need to have topic-generating "Bayesian systems" to help cross posthreads for evaluation. This capability will be especially important in a regulatory environment where those representing several (sometimes competing) interests must work together, negotiate, or resolve differences about matters of complex and specific detail. With the annotation system, they will be able to compile or exchange notes connected with specific features and actions. The annotations could be passed among remote users or even used in an asynchronous mode, where notes left at one time are collected, organized, and reviewed later.
Demonstration Project Two: Virtual Regulatory Negotiations: Pilot Testing 3-D Technologies
This project seeks to develop, and try out in simulation and then in real life, an electronic, physical, and process environment in which negotiations common in regulatory processes can be carried out on a virtual or dispersed basis. There will be an evaluation of the activities and products associated with each goal identified below. In the first year, existing 3-D technologies will be used in the simulations and compared. In the second, new advanced technology will be developed and deployed based on the lessons and evaluations in the first year.
It is now possible to put into practice combined audio/video/computer-aided communication to enable multiple parties located apart from each other to negotiate agreements in real time, anywhere in the world, anytime they choose, and to have computer-based tools to help in the process. As the Clinton-Gore technology
policy statement of February 22, 1993, stated, "Fast communication makes it possible for teams to work closely on a project even if the team members are physically distant from each other." The observation applies particularly well to negotiation.
Virtual environments are emerging as a revolutionary means of communication. For example, one powerful application currently being explored is the dissemination and display of U.S. government documents, including those concerning federal regulatory processes. If, for instance, the current vast regulatory material could be transformed from text format into a visually dynamic environment, then movement through the material would be translated into an activity similar to walking through a building.
Virtual documentary environments (VDEs), when combined with distance audio, video, and computer capabilities, become cogent negotiating tools or negotiating environments, where representative parties from government, industry, and the public can discuss decisions while simultaneously referencing the easily manageable virtual documentary environment. Through new applications of information technology, RegNet can help push back the frontiers of dispersed (or distance) communication, specifically, the communications of reaching agreement, or negotiation. This project would build multimedia technologyincluding modeling and other softwareas integrative tools to be jointly used by the negotiating parties who are located in different geographic places. The results would be extremely helpful not only to industry, government, and academia but also to the independent citizen trying to understand and negotiate the intricate maze of regulatory legislation.
This project sits at the intersection of the technological advances of the NII and the need to improve, visibly and effectively, the processes of regulation. Underlying issues include the following:
Project GoalsFirst Year
Project GoalsSecond Year:
Governmental and private partners participating during the second year would be secured at the outset, or as close as possible to it, contingent on interim periodic reviews. There would therefore be buy-in at the beginning, reaffirmed throughout the project. We will evaluate the experience, technology, and space in each real-life virtual negotiation.
Demonstration Project Three: Virtual Regulatory Environment
Statement of Problem
To get involved in the regulatory environment, people typically turn to experts for assistance. Sometimes people even use multiple sets of experts because of difficulties in navigating through the vast arrays of printed (or electronic) regulatory information required for understanding even simple issues. When challenged with more complex forms of regulatory interactions (e.g., adjudication or collaborative rule making), current methods all but mandate the use of intermediate ''experts" between the "customer" of regulation and the "supplier" of the regulatory services.
The complexities of dealing with paper-based regulation, various experts, four different types of regulatory interactions, and the needs of everyday life typically cause people to just give up in their quest either to access regulatory information or to participate in regulatory processes. These "quests" are fundamental rights of Americans. The intensely complex regulatory arena is responsible for forcing many people out of the regulatory processes that are their right. This project is designed to bring these people back into the process and to act as their own "experts" in accessing information that shapes their lives.
As stated earlier, it is the underlying premise of the RegNet project, and of the NPR, that some problems that stem from complexities, societal or technological, can be dealt with through thoughtful implementation of technologies that are able to render complex systems into simpler constructs.
This project, involving collaborations between several state institutions, federal government agencies, and issues in both rural and urban areas, by its very nature meets the criterion to address nationwide infrastructures meeting the needs of diverse groups of citizens. This project will use significant components of the NII, add to it, and make it more useful. It will be developed by organizations that have had a major hand in using and sustaining that infrastructure.
Support for the End User
Although it will use advanced technology, the proposed system will have an intuitive interface that will make it accessible to a broad range of users at any level of technical expertise. The user will not need specialized knowledge of plans, blueprints, or layouts for sites or structures because these will be rendered as realistic three-dimensional objects among which the user can navigate naturally. Selection will be by directly grabbing (or shooting a ray from a 3-D mouse through) an object. These acts can initiate a query to a geographic information system (GIS) database, so the amount of effort and skill necessary to set up these queries will be reduced. Initial queries to the GIS and cross-referenced regulatory databases will also be automatically structured, based on the
properties of the site and the work to be performed there. As a result, it will be easier for even inexperienced users to get information quickly and, based on what they have found, carry out further queries.
This project will develop the VReg, a real-time 3-D navigation system for exploring cross-referenced databases. The cross-referenced databases will be formulated and implemented as part of this project and will consist, on the one hand, of regulatory information (local, state, national, international) and, on the other hand, of geographical information (with accompanying layers of geological, economic, local climate, and other data). The databases will be organized as servers with their own sets of calls for placing or retrieving information. Since queries could be made over networks, the database servers could be distributed. Thus communities could maintain their own servers of local regulations or geographical and economic datathey would just use the appropriate calls for organization and data placement. The geographical servers will be extensions of those that already exist and will rely on the massive capability in government (e.g., Army databases) and business (e.g., geographic information companies such as ERDAS). The regulatory servers will be developed and linked with the geographical servers as part of this project. A central index, using the RegNet WWW Server, will be set up with addresses and information about the satellite sites.
Serving as a Model
The VGIS system upon which VReg is based is highly flexible and portable. All it takes is different terrain data, 3-D building plans, and appropriate sets of GIS layers to explore a multitude of distributed regulation scenarios. As part of the project, we will provide documentation on how the terrain data server and GIS layers are set up. We will also provide documentation for the cross-referenced regulation server. In addition, some of the regulatory information (e.g., federal regulations) will be reusable in many situations. Since all 3-D graphics in VReg ultimately use Open GL, which is the de facto standard in 3-D graphics, our software can run on a variety of different platforms. Communications using standard TCP/IP protocols will ensure that our system can be used in a distributed fashion by anyone who has access to the Internet. In addition, standard UNIX socket mechanisms will be used for distributed communication on local area networks.
The VGIS system we have developed has truly immersive capability for navigating and understanding complex and dynamic terrain-based databases. The system provides the means for visualizing terrain models consisting of elevation and imagery data, along with GIS raster layers, protruding features, buildings, vehicles, and other objects. We have implemented window-based and virtual reality versions and in both cases provide a direct manipulation, visual interface for accessing the GIS data. Unique terrain data structures and algorithms allow rendering of large, high-resolution data sets at interactive rates.
VGIS represents a significant advance over previous 2-D, map-based systems or 3-D GISs with decidedly noninteractive rates (having typical delays to produce images of several seconds or more). It can be used anywhere a traditional GIS can be used. Thus it can be used for urban planning, evaluation of geology, vegetation, soil, waterway, or road patterns, flood planning, and many other tasks. In addition, the ability to have detailed 3-D views and to jump to a different location to see the view from there opens new possibilities. Planners for new buildings or other facilities can see full 3-D views from their prospective sites or can see the view from nearby existing buildings with their planned facility in place.
VGIS is implemented using the simple virtual environment (SVE) tool kit, a device-independent library that provides mechanisms and software tools for developing virtual environment (VE) applications. SVE is based on the graphics library (GL) of Silicon Graphics, and VGIS has been run on a number of different hardware systems with GL support.
VGIS can be used either with a workstation window-based interface, or with an immersive virtual reality interface. The conventional window-based interface in VGIS parallels the functionality of the immersive interface. The 2-D workstation mouse can be used to rotate the user's viewpoint, move through the environment,
select objects, and pull down menus. The user's view is displayed in a workstation window. In the immersive environment, users wear a head-mounted display (HMD) and hold a three-dimensional mouse controller, with six degree-of-freedom trackers attached to both the HMD and the 3-D mouse. The head tracking allows the HMD graphics to be generated in accordance with the user's viewpoint, so that the user feels a sense of presence within the virtual environment.
Users of VGIS have complete freedom in navigating the virtual world described by the databases. Both the window-based and immersive interfaces allow flight through six degrees of freedom (pitch, yaw, roll, and three-dimensional translation). To avoid getting lost or to find specific locations, the user can toggle a labeled grid coordinate overlay or bring up an overview 2-D finder map. The user can then select and jump to locations on either the finder map or in the 3-D world. This provides fast capability to view the 3-D world from any location within it. In query mode, selection of any feature, terrain location, building, or other object in the 3-D world brings up GIS information about the location or object. Since it would be straightforward, within the GIS, to provide links to other data associated with an object, this selection could, for example, bring up a full, 3-D model of a building interior. As an alternative, the user could merely fly through the building wall to enter the interior model. Individual units, such as vehicles, or groups of units can be placed on or allowed to move over the terrain, and symbolic information, such as markers or lines of demarcation, can be laid down or moved around. These are just some of the features available in the VGIS system.
Use in this Project
Our VReg implementation will provide a visual interface for fast and easy retrieval of geography- or location-specific information. This capability itself can be quite useful, especially when one has simultaneous access to a database of regulatory information as we propose here. In addition, we propose to build for various types of facilities and situations a knowledge base that can be used by the system to automatically retrieve appropriate information from the GIS and cross-reference it with relevant regulations. Thus, for example, if one were siting a fuel storage facility, the system would know to look for information on substrate geology, water table and water runoff, whether the site is earthquake prone, whether other sites with flammable or toxic materials are nearby, and so on. The system could then also pull up relevant keyworded local, state, and federal regulations.
This approach offers the possibility of a dynamic regulation model that streamlines the process and reduces the number of regulations. In the above example, it would be fairly straightforward to pinpoint redundant local, state, or federal regulations if they were accessible via the same server structure. One could then have a process of removing or ignoring redundant regulations. Also, the GIS offers the capability to store and retrieve (in an organized fashion) highly detailed inputs for engineering, economic, environmental, or other models; we will extend the knowledge base to enable automatic searches for this input information. Once in place the models could thus be run easily for user-selected scenarios. If validated by government agencies, model outputs could be used to satisfy sets of simple goals, and one could do away with large numbers of regulations. Our approach would also allow the user to play "what if," exploring different siting options, plant output structures, and the like to meet goals, maximize economic gains, or optimize other effects. Since the data are available and organized, it would also be possible for the user to obtain "real-time" environmental and economic impact studies.
A Testbed Project
We will develop distributed GIS and regulatory servers for Champaign County, Ill., (NCSA location) and for the Atlanta, Ga., area (Georgia Tech location). The Champaign County database will build on the regulatory and other information already available via CCNet (the Champaign County network), whereas the Atlanta
database will organize around extensive GIS information available for the area. Thus we will use significantly different localesone rural and one urbanin our testbed project. We will apply our tools to a complex scenario, such as the decommissioning of a nuclear power plant and the shipping of waste materials to a storage facility. For the purpose of this exercise only, we could place the decommissioned power plant in the urban area and the storage facility in the rural area. We would then have to deal with a welter of different local regulations overlaid with a set of federal regulations for the two sites. We would use the distributed servers (allowing common pictures of the sites) and various collaborative tools (such as the annotation system described below) to do this.
A 3-D Annotation System for Note-taking and Note-sharing
A 3-D environment allows the user to visualize information in new and effective ways. Although visualizing and exploring a complex model or an extended site, the user may want to make notes about what he or she finds, or to query an object to obtain specific information about the object in the space. An annotation system should allow the user to integrate his notes directly into the environment and to obtain detailed textual, verbal, or other information while still within the 3-D space. This capability will be especially important in a regulatory environment where those representing several (sometimes competing) interests must work together, negotiate, or resolve differences about matters of complex and specific detail. With the annotation system they will be able to compile or exchange notes connected with specific features and actions (or time frames for dynamic simulations) in 3-D models and terrains. The annotations could be passed among remote users or even used in an asynchronous mode where notes left at one time are collected, organized, and reviewed at a later time.
Demonstration Project Four: Intelligent Distributed Access to Regulatory Information
The recent increase in complexity of our regulatory environment has made it more difficult for
A network space for regulatory information and operation, RegNet, could be created as a means to decrease the regulatory complexity. The creation of RegNet would require the cooperation of authorities, businesses, consumer groups, and experts in the domains being addressed and would require academic involvement to study the technological and organizational problems and opportunities. RegNet development would require industrial participation to provide the operational services using appropriate technology and would require the cooperation of local, state, and federal regulatory agencies to put the technology to use.
An application to provide online access to the text of regulations via the WWW could be developed. At this point, citizens, monitors, and regulators would be able to browse and access this text via computer programs like Mosaic and WAIS, moving smoothly from the regulations of one jurisdiction to those of another.
The application would provide linkages among these documents, based on the terms used within the regulations. A modern standard for storage of regulationsperhaps a publicly accessible base such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded Persistent Object Basewould be selected for use. Available search systems would be enhanced with thesauruses to span the application among terms and to
aid nonexperts in completing their searches. Important input to such thesauruses would be obtained by analyzing search strategies and failures from the initial phases.
The ordinary text of regulations with formal logic representations would be augmented. Such an information structure, building on top of the linkages and thesauruses, would enable new, crucial services, such as topic-based retrieval of relevant regulations, automatic conformance checking, and automated determination of conflicts and overlaps among regulations. Such analysis tools would empower workers in their specific domains and allow cooperation without centralization.
Demonstration Project Five: Rural Government Testbed Project
Large metropolitan areas often have branches of federal and state government agencies, in addition to county and local government offices. Moreover, these offices are typically located in the same section of the city. Many of the offices that a citizen in a large metropolitan area needs to communicate with for life and business may at least be located near each other. However, in rural areas, there are rarely local branch offices of all the federal and state agencies with which rural citizens need to interact. The rural testbed demonstration project will develop mechanisms for citizens to interact with local, county, state, and federal government agencies seamlessly, utilizing emerging technologies. The regulatory complexity of this project will typically be either one to one, or one to two.
Location for the ProjectChampaign County, Illinois
The rural testbed project will be conducted in Champaign County, Ill. The closest large cities to Champaign County are Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, each approximately 2-1/2 hours' driving distance, and too far to conduct daily business, even if a citizen were to brave visiting all agencies in person. More than 90 percent of Champaign County is farmland, with a university community at its center. Illinois has a large number of local governments (including city, county, township, and state), so the rural testbed is set in a particularly challenging region.
A virtual regulatory environment will be useful only if the citizenry is knowledgeable enough about the technology to use it. Champaign County was selected for this project because it has been nationally recognized for its innovativeness and advances in the NII. Champaign County Network (CCNet) is a collaborative project between the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the University of Illinois, and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. The mission of CCNet is to create a supportive environment for Champaign County to cooperatively develop applications that use advanced communications technologies. This has been accomplished through the work of a technical committee and six applications task forces exploring applications of the NII in education, health care, agribusiness, government, and libraries.
Since early 1993, over 300 community leaders have been working together to build both the human infrastructure and the technical infrastructure to achieve the goals of CCNet. Today, there are more than 15 sites in the community connected to the Internet at high speeds. Nine sites in the communityincluding schools, businesses, and a public libraryreceive data over the cable-TV at 2.5 Mbps and send data over the telephone line at 14.4 kbps Eight schools are connected to the Internet via ISDN connections sending and receiving data at 56 kbps or 128 kbps. In addition, Ameritech and CCNet recently announced a partnership through which Ameritech is offering an ISDN package connecting individual users to the Internet at 128 kbps. Wireless
connections are being tested. Champaign County also has a freenet called PrairieNet, which has more than 8,000 registered users and is rapidly growing. The county recently announced that, thanks to information available online, courts outside the county seat will be able to serve local residents.
The remarkable thing about all the CCNet connections is that they have been community initiated. CCNet serves as a catalyst, bringing sophisticated technologies and Internet connections to Champaign County much sooner than they will be available in comparable communities.
Although the community leadership has been building an electronically connected community in Champaign County, the entire citizenry has become educated about the Internet and tools electronic mail and data exchange. Numerous newspaper and television news stories have covered the local efforts and successes, and there have been countless public presentations and demonstrations to special interest groups.
Participants in the CCNet project have been using electronic mail for nearly 2 years and have been exploring the WWW using NCSA Mosaic. Through the rural government testbed project, the citizens of Champaign County will be able to use the technology for specific purposes and realize the benefits of technology for interacting with multiple government agencies. The level of awareness and of current electronic connectivity in Champaign County optimizes our chances of success in the rural government testbed.
Project Concept and Dimensions
The rural government testbed project will develop a system whereby citizens can use one technology to interact with a variety of governmental agencies at various levels. The goal is to eliminate frustration with government bureaucracy and to return power and independence to individuals. Though the tools developed may be applied to a nearly endless number of situations, we will focus on two primary applications. Both applications can be one to one or one to two, involve a range of governmental agencies, and are a cross between the emerging and complex categories of technology complexity. The second application may lend itself to a one-to-many regulatory complexity.
The basic concept is to allow a citizen to access relevant regulations via an online system (the Internet) and to electronically file forms required for specific real-life taks. This can be accomplished by providing government information on the WWW, with citizens using a WWW browser or navigator such as NCSA Mosaic. Theoretically, all forms submitted by citizens would be processed automatically and government databases would be maintained automatically. But, for the testbed, individual persons at the government agency will intervene by updating their database with forms and information received from the citizens. Collaborative tools will be built into the browser so that citizens can have advisors helping them to make decisions in regulatory environments, if they wish. In addition, text searching capabilities developed as part of the Digital Library Initiative at the University of Illinois will be incorporated into the tools for ease of use.
Rural Government Testbed: Application 1
Changing residence is one of the most stressful life situations. The stress of moving is exacerbated by the multitudes of contacts that the individual has to maintain separately with different government agencies. For the most part, the individual is responsible for updating the various agencies about his or her whereabouts.
With the rural government testbed we will build an environment where interacting with levels of government before and after a change of residence is drastically simplified. Currently, when a citizen moves, he or she has to communicate with the following agencies at different levels:
In addition to these government agencies, the citizen must also update his or her address with various private organizations such as magazine publications, newspapers, insurance carriers, telephone services, and even online services. If the rural government testbed works to smooth residential transitions, these private organizations could connect to the same system in the future.
Rural Government Testbed: Application 2
A person who wants to establish a small business today has to learn about and comply with an almost unbearable number of zoning, environmental, employment, and other regulations. The time it takes to learn all the regulations to ensure compliance and to fill out all accompanying forms can be daunting, if not completely stifling. Large corporations have in-house attorneys and other experts to handle interactions with government agencies and to keep educated about the most recent relevant regulations. Some potential small business owners have almost no choice but to franchise with one of the large corporations. This difficulty dramatically reduces opportunities for innovation in American business. For example, a person who wants to open a particular type of businessfor instance, a dry cleanerhas to interact with a large set of government agencies in order to set up the business:
It turns out that many of the state and federal regulations, at least, already exist in digital format. They will need to be reformatted to fit into the testbed project. Even if all the regulations and forms necessary to establish a new small business were available online through the rural government testbed, there would still be two problems: finding relevant sections of regulations, and dealing with the vast amount of information and legal ramifications.
To solve these problems, we will include two additional features in the rural government testbed project:
Rural Government Testbed Technology
Each of the government agencies identified in the applications above will be connected to the Internet at high enough speeds to serve information on the WWW. Some of them are already connected (the local schools). In addition, the public library in Champaign County is connected to the Internet, providing public access, and two other libraries will be connected to provide further public access. One hundred community members will be connected via the Ameritech ISDN solution. These 100 will be selected based on factors that indicate their potential for using the testbed, such as their skill with Internet tools, whether they own a small business, and whether they are located in an area where the service is available.
The first 6 months of the project will be devoted to recruiting individual and agency participants, identifying connection solutions, adapting the browser software to include searching and collaborative tools, and putting relevant information from government agencies online. Extensive training will be conducted for the participants and for the general public during months 5 through 7. The connections will be in place for 1 year for the testbed, and usage will be monitored. The efficiency will be evaluated by examining usage statistics and eliciting continual feedback from participants online, via public forums, and through individual communications. The software will be revised as further needs are identified.
Note that, although the rural government testbed will be developed for two applications, the system could be migrated to another application if the proper agency were involved. For instance, an agribusiness application might be developed by working with county farm bureaus, and with the USDA.
The proposed projects, the planning, and the demonstrations will work together to create a synergistic plan with proven capability for the nation. Although the projects' focus will be to empower the rural and tribal communities to function within the intergovernmental system that surrounds them, the results will automatically extend to the other city, state, and federal governments that also must function in the new environment. Information technology is one of the major ways that the current structure of regulatory control can be simplified and made useful to citizens trying to function in the NII. This project will also work with, and solicit resources from, international organizations to include the results of a reinvented regulatory government in a growing GII.
The deployment and use of high-performance computing, communications, and information technology and the NII are essential to meeting national goals and objectives in the global marketplace.
Statutes and Executive Orders
With the plan proposed here, modified by the lessons learned from the implementation of the demonstration projects also proposed here, future intergovernmental regulatory projects can be developed in such a way that they more effectively support the national goals and objectives and national challenge applications. These goals and applications are found in a series of statutes and executive orders:
1. "Technology for America's Growth: A New Direction to Build Economic Strength," p. 20.
1. The High Performance Computing Act of 1991, Public Law 102-194, December 9, 1991.
2. High Performance Computing and Communications: Technology for the National Information Infrastructure, supplement to the President's Fiscal Year 1995 Budget; Science in the National Interest, President William J. Clinton, Vice President Albert Gore, Jr., August 1994, Executive Office of the President Office of Science and Technology Policy.
3. Information Infrastructure Technology and Applications, National Coordination Office for HPCC, Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy, February 1994.
4. Global Information Infrastructure: Agenda for Cooperation, Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, Ronald H. Brown, Secretary of Commerce and Chairman, Information Infrastructure Task Force, February 1995.
5. Virtual GIS: A Real-Time 3-D Geographic Information System, David Koller, Peter Lindstrom, William Ribarsky, Larry Hodges, Nick Faust, and Gregory Turner, Graphics, Visualization & Usability Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Tech Report GIT-GVU-95-14, 1995, submitted to IEEE Visualization 1995.
6. The Simple Virtual Environment Library, Version 1.4, User's Guide, G.D. Kessler, R. Kooper, J.C. Verlinden, and L. Hodges, Graphics, Visualization & Usability Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Tech Report GIT-GVU-94-34, 1994.
7. Graphics Library Programming Guide, Silicon Graphics Computer Systems, Mountain View, California, 1991.
8. Level-of-detail Management for Real-time Rendering of Phototextured Terrain, P. Lindstrom, D. Koller, L.F. Hodges, W. Ribarsky, N. Faust, and G. Turner, Graphics, Visualization & Usability Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Tech Report GIT-GVU-95-06 (1995), submitted to Presence.
9. The Virtual Annotation System, Reid Harmon, Walter Patterson, William Ribarsky, and Jay Bolter, Georgia Institute of Technology, Tech Report GIT-GVU-95-20.
10. Creating a Government That Works Better and Costs Less: Status Report September 1994, Report of the National Performance Review (NPR) CD-ROM, Vice President Al Gore, 1994.
11. Uniform Resource Locator http://www.npr.gov/, NPR home page.
12. Uniform Resource Locator http://nuke.WestLab.com/RegNet.Industry/, RegNet Industry home page.
13. Creating a New Civilization: The Politics of the Third Wave, Alvin and Heidi Toffler, Turner Press, 1994–1995.
14. The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America, Philip K. Howard, Random House, 1994.
15. Executive Order 12291, Federal Regulation, February 17, 1981.
16. Executive Order 12498, Regulatory Planning Process, January 4, 1985.
17. Executive Order 12612, Federalism, October 26, 1987.
18. Executive Order 12637, Productivity Improvement Program for the Federal Government, April 27, 1988.
19. Executive Order 12839, Reduction of 100,000 Federal Positions, February 10, 1993.
20. Executive Order 12861, Elimination of One-half of Executive Branch Internal Regulations, September 11, 1993.
21. Executive Order 12864, United States Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure, September 15, 1993.
22. Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, September 30, 1993.
23. Executive Order 12875, Enhancing the Intergovernmental Partnership, October 26, 1993.
John P. Ziebarth, Ph.D., Associate Director
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
605 E. Springfield
Champaign, IL 61820
W. Neil Thompson, NPR RegNet. Gov, Coordinator
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards Rotational Assignment
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555
J.D. Nyhart, Professor of Management and Ocean Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management
50 Memorial Drive, E52542
Cambridge, MA 02142-1437
Kenneth Kaplan, Principal Research Scientist
Department of Architecture and Research Laboratory for Electronics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
Bill Ribarsky, Associate Director for Service
Georgia Institute of Technology
Graphic Visualization and Usability Center
Room 229 Himan
Atlanta, GA 30332-0710
Gio Wiederhold, Ph.D., Professor
Computer Science Department (also, by courtesy, Electrical Engineering and Medicine)
Gates Building 4A, Room 433
Stanford, CA 94305-9040
Michael R. Genesereth, Professor
Computer Science Department
Stanford, CA 94305-9040
Kenneth Gilpatric, Esq.
National Performance Review NetResults.RegNet, Consultant
Administrative Conference of the United States (formerly)
1615 Manchester Lane, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Tim E. Roxey
National Performance Review RegNet.Industry, Lead
Baltimore Gas and Electric, Project Manager
1650 Calvert Cliffs Parkway
Lusby, MD 20656
Council for Excellence in Government (CEG), Principal Investigator
1620 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
William J. Olmstead, Associate General Counsel for Licensing and
Office of General Counsel
Commission Staff Office
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555
Ben Slone, President
Finite Matters Ltd.
2694 Fairground Road
Goochland, VA 23063
Jim Acklin, CEO
Regulatory Information Alliance
8806 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Potomac, MD 20854