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7 U.S. Code § 7031 - Electronic filing and retrieval

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(a) In general

Not later than 180 days after June 20, 2000, in accordance with subsection (c), the Secretary of Agriculture (referred to in this subchapter as the “Secretary”) shall, to the maximum extent practicable, establish an Internet-based system that enables agricultural producers to access all forms of the agencies of the Department of Agriculture (referred to in this subchapter as the “Department”) specified in subsection (b).

(b) ApplicabilityThe agencies referred to in subsection (a) are the following:
The Farm Service Agency.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The rural development components of the Department included in the Secretary’s service center initiative regarding State and field office collocation implemented pursuant to section 6915 of this title.
The agricultural producer programs component of the Commodity Credit Corporation administered by the Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
(c) ImplementationIn carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall—
(1) provide a method by which agricultural producers may—
download from the Internet the forms of the agencies specified in subsection (b); and
submit completed forms via electronic facsimile, mail, or similar means;
redesign the forms by incorporating into the forms user-friendly formats and self-help guidance materials; and
(3) ensure that the agencies specified in subsection (b)—
use computer hardware and software that is compatible among the agencies and will operate in a common computing environment; and
develop common Internet user-interface locations and applications to consolidate the agencies’ news, information, and program materials.
(d) Progress reports

Not later than 180 days after June 20, 2000, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that describes the progress made toward implementing the Internet-based system required under this section.