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June 18, 2011 / Christian M.

Librarians and Web Designers: Uncle Sam Needs Your Advice!

Earlier this week, President Obama and Vice President Biden launched the Campaign to Cut Waste (see video message). The purpose of this campaign is to eliminate misspent tax dollars across the federal government. One of the areas under scrutiny by the White House are the seemingly unnecessary government-funded websites.

“The White House ordered a 90-day freeze on all new websites that use the .gov domain on Monday as part of a major push to increase government efficiency and cut down on duplication and waste.

Any agency that wants to launch a new website during that time must get a personal waiver from Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, the White House said.

The government also will be publishing a list of all the roughly 2,000 federal websites currently in operation and inviting the public to suggest cuts, according to a memo from Federal Chief Performance Office Jeffrey Zients.”

White House Freezes New Websites For Three Months

So now that it has been established that having thousands of websites is not the way to go, they need a new plan. A new policy for websites that can be applied to the whole government. However, they are not sure yet what that policy should entail, and they are asking for your help. A task force will consult with experts in the public and private sector. 

I think it is interesting that they don’t specify exactly what type of experts they are looking for. Of course, librarians with experience in web design and information architecture definitely have much to offer to this project. If you are interested in participating, send them your suggestions.

For more information on this website waste project visit the White House blog post:


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