January 21, 2003
News Release 03-005
USITC web site: www.usitc.gov
EDIS system: http://edis.usitc.gov

ITC TO LAUNCH NEW, IMPROVED ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT SYSTEM; WILL NOW ACCEPT ELECTRONIC FILINGS OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will launch an upgrade of its Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) on January 23, 2003. The upgraded EDIS will provide improved access to public documents and, for the first time, offer electronic document filing capabilities in official ITC investigations.

"We're very excited to announce that the new EDIS system will soon be up and running," said ITC Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun. "The new system marks the ITC's first major foray into electronic commerce with the public, and it offers a greatly improved, more user-friendly system for ITC practitioners and researchers."

Key features of the upgraded EDIS system include a new docket listing, which will provide a daily update of all documents electronically filed or scanned into the system the previous day; electronic filing capabilities for public (not confidential) versions of documents in all official ITC investigations; and an improved print function, which will allow users to print full documents on their local printers (previously, users could print only one page at a time). An enhanced search feature will also allow registered users to save frequently used queries in the system for future use and reference.

The ITC's original electronic document imaging system was launched in 1996, and the system includes electronic versions of most documents filed since that time. The agency is in the process of converting the entire backfile of the earlier system to PDF files. Until the conversion of the 3.5 million pages of legacy documents is completed, users who wish to conduct full text searches of the backfile documents may have to use the original system for that purpose. However, new filings will be placed into the upgraded system as they are received, and the backfile conversion is expected to be completed later this year.

The Commission will also permit electronic filing only of public documents initially. Confidential filings will be accepted electronically in the future, after appropriate security measures have been tested and verified and users and Commission staff have become comfortable with electronic filing procedures.

"While the new EDIS system is still a work in progress, we are proud to launch the first phase of the upgraded system," said Chairman Okun. "We look forward to user feedback and welcome suggestions on ways to continue improving the system."

The ITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent and trademark infringement. ITC analysts and economists investigate and publish reports on U.S. industries and the global trends that affect them. The agency also publishes the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

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