Kundra names task force to consolidate federal websites


Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra named a 17-member task force to winnow the government's massive Web presence over the next several months and to update government policies for what justifies a new website or domain.

The White House also released a list of 1,759 top-level federal Web domains. That's just under the roughly 2,000 domains officials estimated existed when Federal Chief Technology Officer Jeffrey Zients ordered a three-month freeze on all new government websites in June so the government could get its online house in order. Federal officials characterized the .gov reform effort as part of a governmentwide initiative to streamline operations and improve customer service, which President Obama kicked off with an executive order in April. White House officials have estimated those top level .gov domains house around 24,000 individual websites and subsites, many of which are duplicative, outdated or simply unnecessary. Federal agencies are required by Sept. 12 to turn in a list of websites they can consolidate into other sites or scrap entirely. Meanwhile, the task force will be organizing a set of best practices for consolidation and recommendations for updating the government's overall website management policies.

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