FirstGov lauded with grand prize

It's been a busy month for the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Communication, which oversees the FirstGov Web portal.

Days after relaunching the site, GSA won a $100,000 grant from the Institute for Government Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. FirstGov was one of five grand-prize winners at the 16th annual competition for innovative public-sector projects. It was chosen from 15 finalists, each of which received at least $10,000. FirstGov was a runner-up last year.

Mary Joy Jameson, GSA's associate administrator for citizen services and communication, said GSA has made no decisions about what to do with the grant. It came days after a face-lift, which rearranged portal information for four audiences that the Office of Management and Budget has targeted in its 25 Quicksilver e-government projects: citizens, businesses and nonprofit groups, federal employees and other governments.

A pull-down menu on the top of each page lists these areas.

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