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Release No: 075-00
February 16, 2000

NAVY'S LIFELINES DELIVERY SYSTEM INITIATIVE WINS AWARD

The Government Information Technology Services (GITS) Board, Center of Excellence for Information Technology (CEIT), has selected the Navy's LIFELines Quality of Life (QOL) Support Services Delivery System Initiative as one of ten CEIT 2000 Award winners. The award honors organizations that have successfully applied worldwide web-enabled technology to their business processes, resulting in significant savings and process improvements.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Carolyn H. Becraft will accept the award, on behalf of Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig, at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's "Virtual Government 2000" Conference and Exposition, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000. The Internet component of the Quality of Life Initiative, the LIFELines Quality of Life Mall, will be showcased at the CEIT Pavilion from Feb. 23-24, 2000, to government and civilian IT executives and managers in attendance for the award ceremony and conference.

"We are thrilled at this public recognition by our peers in the IT community," said Becraft. "We view LIFELines as a revolutionary tool that allows the Department of the Navy to reinvent our business practices. Bottomline, LIFELines allows our sailors and Marines to access accurate information, accomplish administrative tasks, and expand educational opportunities virtually anytime, any place."

LIFELines was inaugurated by Danzig and senior Defense Department officials in January 1999 as a web-based access and delivery system to reinvent QOL program and services delivery to improve the availability and range of information to the total force.

Using five modern telecommunication media - the Internet, Internet simulcasting, satellite broadcasting, teleconferencing and cable television - LIFELines is delivering a broad range of QOL support services globally to tens of thousands of servicemen and women 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service included self-help information, distance education, crisis assistance, on-line access to professional QOL service providers, and access to a full range of on-line business transactions.

The GITS Board coordinates efforts within the federal government to improve the application of information technology by government agencies and was tasked to implement the information technology initiatives outlined in the National Performance Review Report, "Reengineering Through Information Technology," published in September 1993.

The CEIT is operated by the GITS Board. This group was established via a memorandum from Vice President Al Gore in 1993 within the Information Infrastructure Task Force formed by President Bill Clinton to reengineer the federal government's processes to make government services more accessible, more efficient, and easier to use.

LIFELines can be accessed on the Internet.

Those interested in more details about LIFELines should contact either Navy Capt. Bill Hendrix at hendrix.william@hq.navy.mil or 202-433-3974 or Cdr. Rudy Brewington at brewington.rudolph@hq.navy.mil or 202-433-3865.