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Federal Websites Recognized by their Peers as Best-in-Class

GSA #10278

September 26, 2006
Contact: Andrew Gibbons (202) 501-1231
andrew.gibbons@gsa.gov

Washington D.C. – Websites at NASA, U.S Department of Agriculture and U.S Department of Health and Human Services were announced last week as winners of the second annual Government Web Managers Best Practices Peer Awards. The awards were announced at the Government Web Managers Workshop, co-sponsored by the U.S General Services Administration in Washington, D.C.

Government web managers around the country nominated 55 federal websites for this award.
The Interagency Web Content Managers Forum, a group of over 1,100 government web managers across the U.S., selected 11 finalists based on achievements in web content, design and usability, and performance measurements.

Martha Dorris, Deputy Associate Administrator for Citizen Services at GSA, points out, “The purpose of the awards is not to create competition – but to identify and recognize best practices and innovation that agencies can replicate so we improve all government websites.” 

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and NASA won as Best Federal Websites in the General Audiences category.  NASA’s Employee Orientation website and HHS’s Usability.gov won as Best Federal Websites for Specialized Audiences.

  • FSIS protects the public health through food safety and food defense.
  • The NASA Web Portal shares the excitement of exploration through interactive media, live mission coverage and regular features on NASA's work.
  •   NASA’s Employee Orientation Program website gives new or transferring employees a consistent, effective orientation experience across all NASA centers, and reduces costs for processing and training.
  • Usability.gov gives Federal web managers the tools they need to improve the usability of government websites so the public can more easily find what they need

Janet Stevens, Director of Web Services at the Food Safety and Inspection Service said, "We are so honored to be recognized by other web managers, who really understand the challenges and opportunities we face in managing a government website for the American public."
 

For more information, consult Web Managers Best Practice Awards - 2006

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