Energy revamps Web site

The Energy Department has revamped its central Web site to better reflect the agency's core missions and highlight 'all the great work Energy is doing,' according to Rocky Campione, a senior policy adviser to DOE's CIO.

The previous site had 'been up for a few years. It was time for an overhaul,' Campione said. 'We think the new site is easier to navigate.'

The new site, unveiled earlier this month, features a set of 'Quick Links' that provide resources for parents, teachers and students. The consumer page, for instance, leads to details about tax credits for installing energy-efficient windows, doors, roofs and other home items.

The site also features individual pages for all 50 states, showing the activities, resident Energy offices and other information pertinent to each state.

To manage the site, the agency uses RedDot CMS version 6.5 from RedDot Solutions Corp. of New York. This content management system allows individual offices to update their Web information themselves. It also provides basic workflow, image management and site management functions for administrators.

For search capabilities, the agency deploys a search appliance from Google Inc. of Mountain View, Calif.,

The CIO's office started work on revamping the site last March, following a similar redesign that NASA.gov is currently undergoing.

'We did look at the NASA model, and looked for practices we could benefit from,' Campione said. Like NASA's effort, the Energy CIO office is encouraging other department offices to use the newly redesigned home page as a template for their own sites, which would foster a similar look and feel across the Energy.gov domain.

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