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Read our reviews of select government-related Web sites:
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CIA for Kids
Central Intelligence Agency
Citizen's Budget Guide
Congressional Budget Office
Consumer Information Center
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA: Global Warming
Federal Aviation Administration
FBI: Unusual Phenomena Federal Communications Commission
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Election Commission
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Financial Aid
Food and Drug Administration
Forest Service
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Missing Pet Network
National Archives and Records Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Gallery of Art
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Site
NIH Consumer Health Information Site
National Library of Medicine
NOAA: Year of the Ocean
National Park Service
National Science Foundation
National Weather Service
Office of Independent Counsel
OMB Watch
Patent and Trademark Office
Plain Language Action Network
President Clinton's One America Initiative
President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection
Selective Service System
Treasury Auctions
U.S. Consumer Gateway
U.S. Mint
U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Division
Visible Human Project
Washington Monument
Restoration Project

We Shall Overcome
White House Millennium Council
Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

Past Articles

Navy Unveils Web Site For Military Personnel
January 28, 1999
The Navy unveiled an ambitious, glossy new multimedia Web site to help far-flung military personnel and their families get a wide array of information and services.

Tax Information on the Web
January 17, 1999
Who would have thought the Internal Revenue Service's own Web site would be so useful and so – can this be true? – so cool?

Medicare HMO Report Cards Coming December 25, 1998
America's senior citizens are on the verge of learning how their Medicare HMOs measure up, on the Medicare Web site.

Uncle Sam Signs On to Register Young Men December 2, 1998
Instead of signing up for the Selective Service at the post office, a young man with access to the Internet can now sign up online.

Web Site to List Foster Children for Adoption November 25, 1998
President Clinton announced a plan to create an Internet site that will carry photographs and information on as many as 100,000 children in the nation's foster care system.

US Tourist Attractions Going on Web November 20, 1998
Web surfers who want an armchair tour of the United States can now see the first of 34,000 attractions on the Library of Congress Web site.

EPA Won't Put Disaster Data on Web November 20, 1998
The Environmental Protection Agency has discarded its idea of posting chemical plant information on the Internet after concerns that it would aid terrorists.

Open Government on the Web
November 16, 1998
Two recent slip-ups over information posted on government Web sites showcase the serious questions raised by making government data genuinely, in some cases globally, transparent. – Editorial

Vietnam Memorial Names to Be on Web November 10, 1998
The 58,196 names etched on the Vietnam Memorial wall will be posted on the Internet with the spoken memories of their families, Vice President Al Gore said.

'I Don't Know. Go Ask Your Uncle Sam.' October 6, 1998
Cabinet departments and an assortment of federal agencies have added students to their audiences.

Pentagon Orders Security Review of Its Web Sites
September 26, 1998
The Pentagon ordered sensitive information pulled from its Internet sites, fearing national security was being compromised.

SEC Puts Out Online Tool Kit
August 25, 1998
The Securities and Exchange Commission has put together an online version of its "Financial Facts Tool Kit."

National Hurricane Center,
FEMA link up

August 1, 1998
Up-to-date hurricane information is a mere mouse click away for computer users logged onto the Internet.

U.S. History Seen on Internet
June 27, 1998
Thousands of photos from the Depression and World War II are now available on the Internet from the Library of Congress.

FBI Puts Bizarre Cases on Internet
June 17, 1998
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, now anyone with computer access to the Internet can browse through 16,000 pages of the FBI's most natable cases.

Politicians Slow to Embrace Web
June 17, 1998
While corporate America has begun to embrace Internet "banner" advertisements that usually appear at the top of Web pages, politicians have been slow to see the potential in going online.

Feds Use Internet for Lobbying
May 18, 1998
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to build opposition to a global-warming treaty by connecting foreign policy veterans with the public on the Internet.

Dept. of Education Tries a New Approach
April 17, 1998
The U.S. Department of Education's newest Web site offers users a dynamic guide to education resources on the Internet.

Computing's Stamp of Approval
April 1, 1998
With a click on a computer mouse, Postmaster General Marvin T. Runyon proclaimed the beginning of computer-generated stamps: "Postage without licking or sticking – just clicking."

Licenses for Wireless Service Auctioned
March 26, 1998
Licenses to provide telephone, television and Internet services via new wireless technology fetched pledges of $578.6 million at an FCC auction.

The World, Live – Just A Click Away
March 13, 1998
Vice President Gore plans to make a live video image of the full, sunlit Earth – spinning on its axis against the blackness of space – continuously available via television and the Internet, triggering a scramble at NASA.

Tobacco Firms Release Secret Industry Documents
Feb. 28, 1998
The four largest U.S. tobacco companies have begun releasing more than 30 million pages of previously secret industry documents, making a "first installment" of several hundred thousand pages on the World Wide Web.

Living Online at HUD
Feb. 20, 1998
With vast housing resources online, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is using the Web to help citizens answer housing questions, discuss neighborhoods and find new homes.

Judge Freezes Internet 'Preservation' Fund
Feb. 3, 1998
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the government from tapping a $46 million fund set up to promote the Internet's "preservation and enhancement."

Less Federal Control of Internet Proposed
Jan. 30, 1998
In a much-anticipated report, the Clinton administration proposes that control of some of the Internet's most crucial operations be transferred from federal research agencies to a not-for-profit private corporation.

False Requests Flood, Shut BLS Web Site
Jan. 9, 1998
The Bureau of Labor Statistics was "brought to its knees" when its Web site was flooded with hundreds of thousands of fake information requests a minute, a tactic known in the computer world as "spamming."

Campaign Finance Data on Web
Jan. 6, 1998
The Federal Election Commission has begun publishing digital images of campaign finance records on its Web site, allowing those with Internet access to look up reports on many candidates, political parties and political action committees.

FTC Backs Industry's Internet Privacy Rules
Dec. 18, 1997
The Federal Trade Commission has released a report endorsing a wide-ranging set of principles on privacy-related issues drafted by the biggest players in the computerized database industry.

FTC -- Friendly to Consumers
Dec. 10, 1997
The Federal Trade Commission recently launched a consumer Web site unofficially called "consumer dot gov," which consolidates five federal Web sites into one Internet address and provides information on health, home, transportation, children, smart buying, money and education.

Gore's Best Friend Is His Computer
Nov. 29, 1997
Vice President Al Gore is an e-mail addict, people on his staff say. Whether on the road or at the White House, any time he's got a free minute and a "secure" telephone connection, he's surfing the Internet or checking his e-mail.

America Off-Line:
Gingrich's Unfulfilled Internet Promise

Nov. 16, 1997
Where would you look on the Internet to find out how your Senators voted in the past year? In this opinion piece the director of the Congressional Accountability Project, explains that you won't find it on the Web despite Newt Gingrich's pledge to provide congressional information online.

Get What You Want . . . Online
Nov. 12, 1997
Consumer protection and advocacy sites abound on the World Wide Web. This article points to three government sites devoted to educating consumers and small businesses.

The Real Mail Deal
Nov. 6, 1997
Will snail mail prevail? Washington Post Staff Writer Linton Weeks ("The Navigator") ponders the U.S. Postal Service Web site and finds that what he loves about the Postal Service can't be found on the computer screen.

Presidential Panel Warns Against Computer Terrorism
Oct. 21, 1997
The President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection has warned that the nation's communications and electrical networks are increasingly vulnerable to attack by terrorists. Read the commission's report on-line.

Fast Forerunner to a New Internet?
Oct. 9, 1997
The Internet2 is a component of the Clinton administration's $300 million Next Generation Internet initiative, which aims to connect several national labs and universities at speeds about 100 times faster than the Internet by the year 2000.

A Web-Wise Spin on the Pork Barrel
Sept. 23, 1997
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) regularly annoys his colleagues with speeches against spending taxpayers' money on hometown projects. Now McCain has his own "Pork Barreling" Web page, devoted to exposing these spending measures.

Social Security Urged to Delay Internet Access
Sept. 5, 1997
The Social Security Administration will begin to make calculations of individual future retirement benefits available on the Internet by the end of the year, but some congressmen aren't satisfied with the plan's security.

Federal Sites on Web Gather Personal Data
Aug. 28, 1997
Internet sites operated by federal agencies routinely collect data about visitors without saying how the information will be used, a practice that clashes with the Clinton administration's call for safeguarding privacy, according to a new study.

NASA Sets Sights on a 'Paperless' Planet
Aug. 19, 1997
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is already famous for using space to conquer distant frontiers, but now its scientists believe they can use cyberspace to conquer government paperwork.

Aug. 10, 1997
The coauthors of a book on reinventing government think the government is doing a great job of putting public services online. In their opinion piece, they say one big reason is that the Internet and the Web are virgin territory, not yet fenced off with bureaucratic barbed wire. Indeed, they write, going on the Web may be the one thing our public servants can do unconstrained by rules and regulations.

Computer Games Shutdown Called Partial Fix of Time Management
July 29, 1997
The Senate has agreed to legislation that would require federal agencies to remove computer games from all government computers. But when it comes to how employees use computers, industry analysts caution that there are no simple solutions to the "futz factor," the wasting of work time by futzing around with electronic games, e-mail and the Internet.

The Costs of Online Government
June 18, 1997
Executive branch organizations spent $349 million on Internet-related activities over a three-year period—with the Defense Department responsible for the bulk of the spending—according to a General Accounting Office (GAO) report.

Bit by Bit, Congress Is Opening Up to the Information Age
June 2, 1997
Congress and cyberspace have grown increasingly entwined. More than two-thirds of the members have set up "offices" on the World Wide Web while congressional organizations pump voluminous information on revamped Web sites and activists cry for more.

On Site: Statistical Yardsticks Taking the Nation's Measure
May 23, 1997
The Clinton administration has officially launched FedStats, an Internet service that links computer users to statistics from more than 70 federal Web sites.

Servicing Citizens With the Internet
April 21, 1997
World Wide Web sites are becoming an important part of the government's strategy to shed its bureaucratic image and provide faster public service.

Privacy Concerns Short-Circuit Social Security's Online Service
April 10, 1997
The Social Security Administration pulled the plug on a breakthrough online service—at least temporarily—after a bipartisan group of senators sent a harshly critical letter to the agency outlining privacy concerns. The agency had been giving consumers easier access to their own "Personal Earnings and Benefits Estimate Statements" (PEBES), records commonly used for retirement planning.

How Is Your Government Doing?
April 9, 1997
Since 1992, when the Federal Trade Commission began reforming long-standing regulations, it has reviewed, streamlined, adjusted or abolished about half of its 80 rules and guidelines—with the help of the public.

Government Expands Its Claim on the Web
March 18, 1997
Only two years ago, most of the government's Web sites served up little more than news releases and bureaucrats' biographies. But today many have become reliable high-tech tools that are user-friendly.

On Web, Uncle Sam Shops for Wares of Contracting Elves
December 11, 1996
The General Service Administration's Internet shopping site may not really rival Neiman Marcus—or even Sears, for that matter—but its newly expanded online catalogue is drawing in federal shoppers across the nation.

A Pentagon Plan Became the Internet
July 2, 1996
The world is tied together by the Internet and the World Wide Web today in part because three decades ago, policymakers in the Pentagon got worried: Would the United States' military communications systems survive a nuclear attack or sabotage?

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