Portal open, public enters
- By William Matthews
- Oct 03, 2000
At first blush, FirstGov.gov is finding favor with the Web-surfing public.
The Office of Management and Budget reports that the newly opened governmentwide
Internet portal attracted 250,000 visitors during its first four days of
operation. FirstGov went online Sept. 22.
FirstGov's popularity appears to be boosting traffic at other government
Web sites as well.
Since FirstGov came online, the multiagency site Disability.gov reported
a threefold increase in Web traffic, and the Transportation Department reported
a "large increase," according to Sally Katzen, deputy director for management
Such an increase is expected because Firstgov is designed to search for
government information and direct Internet traffic to the federal agencies
that have it.
Katzen said FirstGov received 700 comments from users during its first week
of operation. "The vast majority were supportive," she said.