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May 17, 2005

Labor Department Announces Expansion of

Washington D.C. - U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Steven J. Law today announced the launch of en Espaņol and the expansion of the Web site to more than 1,000 federal and state benefit programs. The announcement was made during a celebration of the Web site’s third anniversary. En Espaņol offers Spanish-speaking communities greater access to available federal and state loan program information. was among the Top 25 finalists for the 2005 Award from the Industry Advisory Council. The Web site is one of the key initiatives that comprise the President’s E-Government Strategy which focuses on making government programs and information more accessible to the public.

“ offers diverse and extensive benefit program information for veterans, seniors, students, teachers, children, people with disabilities, dependents, disaster victims, farmers, caregivers, job seekers, prospective homeowners and more,” said Deputy Secretary Law. “The Web site has attracted more than 17 million visitors since it went online in April 2002, increasing citizens’ access to benefit programs and information they may not have known existed.”

Joining Law for the celebration event were Karen Evans, administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of e-Government and Information Technology, and Patrick Pizzella, assistant secretary of labor for administration and management and chief information officer (CIO).

Managed by the Department of Labor, also announced the launch of “Customized Connections,” which allows agencies to customize their Web sites with functionality. Specifically, agencies can reuse the pre-screening questionnaire and search capabilities, while maintaining their own branding and overall design. is a collaborative effort of 10 federal agencies, including the Departments of Labor, Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, State, Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration.

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