Press Releases: Government to Citizen
September 15, 2006
GovBenefits.gov Completes Move to NITC
Washington D.C. - Citizens affected by natural disasters will now have quicker access to the most accurate and up-to-date government benefits information. GovBenefits.gov, the federal government’s official benefits Web site, was recently migrated to the National Information Technology Center (NITC), operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The move to NITC gives GovBenefits.gov the ability to make near real-time updates to the site.
Following Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush promoted GovBenefits.gov during a televised press conference on Sept. 8, 2005. The President described the site as an accessible and readily available resource to help victims of the storm.
"In the aftermath of a natural disaster, victims have both immediate and long-term needs that must be fulfilled," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management and CIO Patrick Pizzella. "The move to NITC allows GovBenefits.gov and its federal partner agencies to quickly provide citizens with the most accurate and up-to-date information. Citizens can immediately obtain program descriptions, eligibility criteria and information on how to apply, making GovBenefits.gov a valuable resource."
"GovBenefits.gov has had more than 20 million visitors and referred more than 4.5 million people to partner agency programs since it was first launched in 2002," said Curtis Turner, GovBenefits.gov program manager.
GovBenefits.gov is one of the 24 E-Government initiatives of the President’s Management Agenda, which focuses on making government programs and information more accessible to the public. It is a collaborative effort of 16 federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Labor, Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Social Security Administration and Small Business Administration.