E-GOVERNMENT

Change comes to WhiteHouse.gov

With a new president comes a redesigned Web portal for the Executive Manse

One of the first tasks President Barack Obama completed within minutes after officially becoming president on Inauguration Day was launching a redesigned version of the WhiteHouse.gov Web site.

 "Millions of Americans have powered President Obama's journey to the White House, many taking advantage of the internet to play a role in shaping our country's future," according the the White House Briefing Room blog. "WhiteHouse.gov is just the beginning of the new administration's efforts to expand and deepen this online engagement."

The blog, written by Macon Phillips, the director of new media for the White House, is part of a section called The Briefing Room on the site, and was indicative of the new tone and style of WhiteHouse.gov.

The site, borrowing a page from Obama's campaign and transition Web site, invites the public to "participate" with the White House's by registering with the White House Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs, and to receive e-mail alerts.

The site also features a variety of informational pages on the Obama Administration's agenda and staff, as well as videos of recent address and the text of today's Inaugural Address. Slideshows of Inaugural events, the Obamas’ move into the White House and President Obama’s first days in office will be uploaded to WhiteHouse.gov later today.

To visit the redesigned White House Web site, click here.

About the Authors

Jonathan Byus is the online managing editor for Government Computer News.

Wyatt Kash served as chief editor of GCN (October 2004 to August 2010) and also of Defense Systems (January 2009 to August 2010). He currently serves as Content Director and Editor at Large of 1105 Media.

Reader Comments

Sun, May 3, 2009 Judy A Luna America

I would like to know when national health is put in to place, what kind of Health Insurance, Namcy Pelois , Harry Reid. and all of Congress and The Senate are going to have? I have asked this quetion many times and am yet to receive an answer. Thank you. Judy

Sat, Feb 14, 2009 kelly crews San Diego, California

The president asked the Broadcast Industry who plays a role in health and safety of all citizens to postpone the hdtv change until June rather than implement Feb 17, 2009. I believe this was suggested because people like me in rural areas, who only have an antenna, cannot get a back ordered coupon for the digital converter box. I applied two or three months ago and remain on a waiting list. It seems that the television stations should have some responsibility to people like me under the rule of health and safety, a privledge provided by our federal government, to provide a signal to my household through the current means until i have the opportunity to purchase the converter box with a government sponsored coupon. I like many other citizens did not vote for Obama yet it is my duty to support my President. I bring this to your attention because station after station in San Diego is promoting the hdtv change on February 17, 2009. This they do irregardless of what the President of the Untied States has asked of them. Each license distributed by the FCC includes provisions of common good, health, and safety. These privledges are a gift to the people but must be impletment by the people for the good of the entire population. It seems that this is a perfect opportunity for the broadcast stations to support our country and the president during a very difficult time when many are out of work, underemployed and lacking many necessities. Thank you for reviewing my comment.

Fri, Feb 13, 2009 Dorothy Coleman Pine Bluff, AR 71601

I love the job the President is doing. I hope he doesn't spend a lot of time begging the Republicans to participate in helping their country. The American people will soon decide that some republicans need to go home and stay. The one who is very hateful is Sen Shelby. He doesn't like anything that\President Obama does. He is very hateful, I truly feel sorry for him. The Republicans must realize that the people they represent are unemployed and homeless too. Keep up the Good Work President Obama and the Democrats.!

Thu, Feb 12, 2009 jay missouri

Why should bankers and bank shareholders be saved from losing their stock value when everyone else has?Bad banks should fold temporarily into nationalized banks while toxic assets are taken into the so called aggregator bank.This bank support of bad banks stinks of saving the big spending supoorters of the party.jay warner

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