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		    E-Mail to the White House

	   President Clinton        Vice President Gore


	      Office of Presidential Correspondence

 For Immediate Release                             June 1, 1993


 Dear Friends:

      Part of our commitment to change is to keep the White House
 in step with today's changing technology.  As we move ahead into
 the twenty-first century, we must have a government that can show
 the way and lead by example.  Today, we are pleased to announce
 that for the first time in history, the White House will be
 connected to you via electronic mail.  Electronic mail will bring
 the Presidency and this Administration closer and make it more
 accessible to the people.

      The White House will be connected to the Internet as well as
 several on-line commercial vendors, thus making us more
 accessible and more in touch with people across this country.  We
 will not be alone in this venture.  Congress is also getting
 involved, and an exciting announcement regarding electronic mail
 is expected to come from the House of Representatives tomorrow.

      Various government agencies also will be taking part in the
 near future.  Americans Communicating Electronically is a project
 developed by several government agencies to coordinate and
 improve access to the nation's educational and information assets
 and resources.  This will be done through interactive
 communications such as electronic mail, and brought to people who
 do not have ready access to a computer.

      However, we must be realistic about the limitations and
 expectations of the White House electronic mail system.  This
 experiment is the first-ever e-mail project done on such a large
 scale.  As we work to reinvent government and streamline our
 processes, the e-mail project can help to put us on the leading
 edge of progress.

      Initially, your e-mail message will be read and receipt
 immediately acknowledged.  A careful count will be taken on the
 number received as well as the subject of each message.  However,
 the White House is not yet capable of sending back a tailored
 response via electronic mail.  We are hoping this will happen by
 the end of the year.

      A number of response-based programs which allow technology
 to help us read your message more effectively, and, eventually
 respond to you electronically in a timely fashion will be tried
 out as well.  These programs will change periodically as we
 experiment with the best way to handle electronic mail from the
 public.  Since this has never been tried before, it is important
 to allow for some flexibility in the system in these first
 stages.  We welcome your suggestions.

      This is an historic moment in the White House and we look
 forward to your participation and enthusiasm for this milestone
 event.  We eagerly anticipate the day when electronic mail from
 the public is an integral and normal part of the White House
 communications system.

	   President Clinton        Vice President Gore
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