GSA releases final rule for .gov

GSA releases final rule for .gov

The General Services Administration today made it easier for state and local governments to use the .gov domain name. In a final rule published in the Federal Register, GSA outlined how government entities can identify themselves with the domain.

GSA also set limits on how much it will charge for .gov setup and yearly maintenance. It restricted costs to no more than $1,000 to set up the domain name and $500 annually for maintenance. GSA does not now charge for those services but is reserving the right to start charging in the future, the agency said.

State and local governments interested in moving to the .gov domain should place their full state name or postal abbreviation within the name, such as Virginia.gov or NMparks.gov. GSA said there is no limit to how many names a state can register.

County and cities can use the domain by including their state's postal abbreviation in the Web address, such as Chicago-il.gov or Detroitmi.gov, GSA said.

Agencies can register online at www.nic.gov. Go here to view the final rule.

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