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GSA Proposes Rule to Make Dot-Gov Domain Available to Non-Federal Government Entities


GSA # 9951

May 22, 2002
Contact: Mary Alice Johnson (202) 501-1231
maryalice.johnson@gsa.gov

Washington, DC -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published a proposed rule in the May 16, 2002 Federal Register (Volume 67, Number 95) that would amend the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) and provide a new policy for the registration of dot-gov domain names.

GSA registers Federal Internet addresses using the domain designation dot-gov (e.g.,www.gsa.gov). This proposed rule would enable state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes to provide service using the dot-gov domain. A prior rule, located in the Federal Property Management Regulation (FPMR), which expired on August 8, 2001, allowed for the registration of state and local governments under the dot-gov domain.

The proposed rule solicits comments on a number of issues including whether the dot-gov domain should be expanded to non-Federal government entities, officials capable of authorizing the domain, the possibility of charging fees, potential naming conventions, the registration process, and related topics. Comments must be submitted on or before July 15, 2002, to be considered in the formulation of the final rule. Comments on the proposed rule should be directed to Rodney Lantier, Regulatory Secretariat, Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA, 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20405 or via e-mail at RIN.3090-AH41@gsa.gov.

The full text of the proposed rule may be found at
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-12127-filed.

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