Press Releases: Government to Citizen
May 8, 2007
Federal Website USA.gov Gets Makeover
Washington D.C. - 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 Office of Citizen Services and Communications (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.