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Federal departments turn to electronic cooperation

October 01, 2011, 13:57 UTC+3

Russian federal departments switch over to the system of interdepartmental electronic cooperation or rendering public services

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MOSCOW, October 1 (Itar-Tass) — Russian federal departments switch over to the system of interdepartmental electronic cooperation or rendering public services.

This means that from now on, officials from various government bodies will request all necessary information from one another to render services, and it will be forbidden to demand unnecessary information and documents from citizens.

Head of the government office Vyacheslav Volodin explained on Friday that starting from October 1, it would be forbidden to demand documents from citizens, which are available at databanks of other federal departments. “This is an important stage in tackling the task of modernising state administration,” he noted.

As many as 61 federal bodies of power turn to the new form of cooperation, while regions and municipalities will make this transition from July 1, 2012. The Ministry for Economic Development notes that while preparing for interdepartmental cooperation, more than 150 various documents from among 1,000 were found unnecessary for rendering public services. Five days were given for departments to exchange documents. Officials who will violate these rules, are to be called to administrative responsibility. A fine may reach 5,000 roubles.

Deputy Minister of Communications Ilya Massukh said earlier that departments had worked out special web-services to implement electronic cooperation. “These are small programmes retrieving from information systems of departments what is necessary for rendering public services,” the deputy minister explained.

The content of departmental databases and their veracity will be under control, the government assures. From this day on, work will be launched by a special “hot line” to monitor work of the system of electronic interdepartmental cooperation on rendering public services as well as for weeding out “dirty data” from the system, which are at variance with real facts.

Earlier, premier Vladimir Putin instructed to detect wrong data. “Situations may emerge with the so-called dirty information, that is simply incomplete or wrong information. All this should be checked up, to take into account in time and to make adjustments. This is the only way we can achieve the needed effect,” Putin said.

The head of the government office emphasised that the prime aim of this reform are Russian citizens who will no need now to turn for documents to several departments. “To get one document, it was necessary to visit various departments, on average, sir or eight times,” Volodin noted. “Starting from October 1, departments will be engaged in this work no matter what efforts they make.”


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