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FirstGov.gov Opens the Door to Finding Government Services and Information on the Internet

GSA # 9738

September 22, 2000
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1231


WASHINGTON, DC --- Today, the U.S. General Services Administration, on behalf of the President's Management Council, is proud to announce the launch of FirstGov.gov - your first click to government information on the web. In the spirit of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to make government more efficient and responsive to the needs of the American people, this incredible initiative was accomplished in just 90 days.

FirstGov is a virtual system that allows Internet users to search millions of U.S. Government web pages without having to know where that information lives. FirstGov.gov allows people to navigate through government web pages using topic listings, key word(s) searches, or by clicking to executive, legislative, and judicial sites. It contains links to state and local government web pages. FirstGov also provides a means for people to give feedback to agencies and to FirstGov.gov itself.

"FirstGov is a remarkable and spectacular achievement - the beginning of something dramatic," said GSA Administrator David J. Barram., "The Internet has changed our lives - how we work personally and professionally. In the past a project such as this may have taken years, but in today's world, we have to move fast. We were able to accomplish it in a mere 90 days."

The FirstGov system consists of three parts:

  • The government developed and run portal - FirstGov.gov
  • A search engine developed by the private Federal Search Foundation
  • Private sector partners who provide another way in
Barram also said that many government web sites already allow individuals to conduct transactions, and as the American people want to do more and more on the Internet, we will probably see a dramatic increase in those types of sites.

Direction for the FirstGov project is provided by a Board of Directors consisting of 8 members of the President's Management Council (PMC) and three members of the federal Chief Information Officers Council. The database/index for FirstGov is being created by the Federal Search Foundation.

For additional information, visit the firstgov.gov web site.