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Federal Website USA.gov Gets Makeover

GSA #10344

May 8, 2007
Contact: Viki Reath, (202) 501-1231
viki.reath@gsa.gov

Washington, DC – By using a crisp, updated federal website, with improved search features, American taxpayers will find official government information and services much easier to find, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) officials said today, as they announced USA.gov’s first makeover.

“Our goal is to have the most informative, easy to use site available for the American people," said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. “With the importance of the Internet growing daily, and the public’s desire to get information quickly and painlessly, the redesign shows that we are listening and responding to this demand.” 

USA.gov is the official Web portal for the U.S. government.  The redesign is the first, since GSA launched USA.gov in January 2007.

The new look reduces clutter on each page, allows users to adjust font sizes and improves search capabilities. A toggle enables users to switch between English and Spanish, when available. Another upgrade offers instant messaging.

“The bar keeps rising, and I’m very proud of our ability to be nimble and respond accordingly,” said Martha Dorris, GSA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Citizen Services, Office of Citizen Services and Communications (OCSC). “Our goal is to provide accurate, timely and consistent government information and services to the public. This makeover is another step toward that purpose.”

GSA’s OCSC manages USA.gov, an E-Gov initiative that is part of President Bush’s 2002 extensive plan to help integrate the federal government’s efforts to provide more efficient and cost-effective services to citizens and businesses, by making their government information and services easily accessible online. OCSC also manages GobiernoUSA.gov.

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Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government.  GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know? USA.gov received more than 84 million visits during the past year.