THE WHITE HOUSE|
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release September 22, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON LAUNCHES FIRSTGOV: A SINGLE, EASY-TO-USE WEBSITE FOR
GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND INFORMATION
September 22, 2000
Today, in an Internet address to the nation, President Clinton will
announce the launch of FirstGov -- the first-ever U.S. Government web
site that will provide the public with easy, one-stop access to all
federal government on-line information and services. This website -
located at www.firstgov.gov - provides a single online information
portal that will connect Americans with information and resources from
all 27 million federal agency web pages, one of the largest and most
useful collection of web pages in the world. A breakthrough in one-stop
shopping for government services, FirstGov will allow citizens to search
all on-line U.S. Federal Government resources from one site, conduct
searches faster and more efficiently by topic rather than by agency, and
have easy access to federal government information 24 hours a day, 7
days a week.
Last June, the President first announced the concept of FirstGov in his
first-ever webcast address to the nation, challenging government and
industry to finish its creation within 90 days. Today, exactly 90 days
later, the President is announcing the launch of this site. Building on
President Clinton's and Vice President Gore's efforts to expand citizen
access to online government, FirstGov will cut red tape, make government
more responsive to the needs of citizens, and expand opportunities for
participation in our democracy.
CITIZENS CAN SEARCH ALL FEDERAL ONLINE RESOURCES FROM ONE SITE.
FirstGov brings the U.S. government closer to the American people --
giving users one-stop access to crucial government information and
services. With the convenience of a single website, citizens can use
FirstGov to apply for student loans, plan for retirement, track Social
Security benefits and get advice on buying a first home or starting a
small business. But, FirstGov does not only provide access to
information affecting major life decisions. Citizens also can go to
FirstGov to reserve a campsite in a national park, arrange to watch a
NASA shuttle launch, conduct research at the Library of Congress or take
an architectural tour of the National Gallery of Art. Whether citizens
want to plan a vacation, or an education, FirstGov can connect them to
the information and resources they need.
CITIZENS CAN SEARCH FOR BASIC INFORMATION FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY.
With a powerful search engine developed and donated by Internet
entrepreneur Eric Brewer, FirstGov allows users to search all 27 million
Federal agency web pages at one time. And it has plenty of room to
grow. It can search half a billion documents in less than one-quarter
of a second and handle millions of searches a day. To increase
efficiency, FirstGov allows citizens to find information intuitively --
by subject or by keyword. Customer-focused and easy to use, FirstGov
makes the government more responsive to citizens' needs and expands
their opportunity to participate in our democracy. And this is just the
beginning. With the use of a citizen's feedback page, FirstGov will
continue to improve, becoming more efficient and customer friendly.
CITIZENS HAVE ACCESS TO A GOVERNMENT THAT IS ALWAYS OPEN ANYTIME,
ANYWHERE. FirstGov gives users free access to government information
and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- cutting red tape,
improving efficiency and saving taxpayers' time and money. Also,
FirstGov protects its users with strong privacy standards that safeguard
their on-line communications and transactions with the government.
FirstGov will not track or record personal information about individuals
and their visits, unless the user chooses to provide such information.
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