E-GOVERNMENT

Change comes to WhiteHouse.gov

With a new president comes a redesigned Web portal for the Executive Manse

One of the first tasks President Barack Obama completed within minutes after officially becoming president on Inauguration Day was launching a redesigned version of the WhiteHouse.gov Web site.

 "Millions of Americans have powered President Obama's journey to the White House, many taking advantage of the internet to play a role in shaping our country's future," according the the White House Briefing Room blog. "WhiteHouse.gov is just the beginning of the new administration's efforts to expand and deepen this online engagement."

The blog, written by Macon Phillips, the director of new media for the White House, is part of a section called The Briefing Room on the site, and was indicative of the new tone and style of WhiteHouse.gov.

The site, borrowing a page from Obama's campaign and transition Web site, invites the public to "participate" with the White House's by registering with the White House Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs, and to receive e-mail alerts.

The site also features a variety of informational pages on the Obama Administration's agenda and staff, as well as videos of recent address and the text of today's Inaugural Address. Slideshows of Inaugural events, the Obamas’ move into the White House and President Obama’s first days in office will be uploaded to WhiteHouse.gov later today.

To visit the redesigned White House Web site, click here.

About the Authors

Jonathan Byus is the online managing editor for Government Computer News.

Wyatt Kash served as chief editor of GCN (October 2004 to August 2010) and also of Defense Systems (January 2009 to August 2010). He currently serves as Content Director and Editor at Large of 1105 Media.

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