Federal Web sites: In with the new, archive the old

Federal Web sites: In with the new, archive the old

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

JAN. 23'Some agency Web sites are changing with the arrival of the Bush administration, but the National Archives and Records Administration wants to document what those sites contained at the end of the Clinton years.

Eight days before President George W. Bush was sworn in, Lewis J. Bellardo, deputy archivist of the United States, asked agency chief information officers to take snapshots of their Web sites and forward them to NARA within 60 days of the start of the Bush administration.

Bellardo's memorandum, at www.nara.gov/records/cio-memo.html, instructs agencies to copy all Web documents available to the public up to Jan. 20, save them on storage tape or CD-ROM and ship them to NARA's offices in College Park, Md. Web programmers should preserve the file and directory structures of the Web sites, the memorandum states.

By early Saturday afternoon, the Bush administration's new Web site had replaced the Clinton pages at www.whitehouse.gov. A NARA press release said the Clinton site will be archived at www.nara.gov/presidential/address.html, although the Clinton pages were not online as of this morning.

The Agriculture Department's home page, which reflects the arrival of new Secretary Ann Veneman, is among the agency sites that have changed. But USDA webmaster Vic Powell said most of the department's ongoing Web upgrades are not related to the change at the White House. 'It was time to update and freshen the site,' he said.

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