GSA relaunches FirstGov

GSA relaunches FirstGov

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

JUNE 26—The FirstGov portal now has the capability to search and link to 16 million Web pages from 50 states and the District of Columbia.

'Government now is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year,' said Stephen Perry, administrator of the General Services Administration, which today relaunched the federal Web portal.

He announced the portal's expansion at the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils' Management of Change conference in New Orleans.

FirstGov indexes the state sites daily and caches the information on its own servers but does not replicate the state sites.

Deborah Diaz, deputy associate administrator for FirstGov in GSA's Governmentwide Policy Office, said the portal has received a number of enhancements besides the state information links, notably improved speed.

Perry said FirstGov's search engine, supplied by Inktomi Corp. of Foster City, Calif., can search the site's 46 million-page database in a quarter of a second. 'This is the most efficient search engine of its type anywhere in the world,' Perry said.

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