Feds Tackle Sprawling, Disorganized Government Websites

December 21, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Financial
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The federal Web is sprawling and disorganized, according to a new report by an interagency task force on federal Web reform, but spurred by the White House’s Campaign to Cut Waste, agencies are taking initial steps to transform the federal Web to better serve citizens.

The new report, State of the Federal Web, is the culmination of work by the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration’s Citizen Services team to survey federal websites, require agency plans to improve their Web presence, and crowdsource ideas on how government can better serve the public online. This all ties into Obama Administration initiatives to cut wasteful spending and improve public service.

The surveys found 1,525 dot-gov domains across 72 federal agencies, 19% of which weren’t even active. As part of their Web improvement plans, agencies will eliminate 26% of these domains and merge another 4% into their existing sites. Several agencies, including the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have more than 100 domains apiece, while few large agencies–the Social Security Administration and NASA among them–have fewer than 10 domains. The Office of Management and Budget this summer placed a ban on new websites as part of the reform efforts.

In addition, the survey found that half of all agencies are using at least two different Web content management systems. Among the worst offenders was the highly federated HHS, which is using 19 different content management systems and 32 different Web hosting providers.

via InformationWeek Government, continued here.