GSA seeks comments on .gov
- By Colleen O'Hara
- May 20, 2002
Government Domain Registration and Services Web site
The General Services Administration is looking for public comment on plans
to extend the .gov domain to non-federal entities such as state and local
governments and federally recognized Indian tribes.
In a proposed rule in the Federal Register May 16, GSA also said is
it considering charging a one-time fee for new registrations, which will
range from $250 to $1,000, depending on the level of assistance provided
by GSA, and a recurring annual charge in the range of $100 to $500 for all
Currently, GSA does not charge for registration but is allowed to start
charging at any time. The fees are "based on anticipated costs for operating
the registration service and are consistent with industry charges," GSA
said in its notice.
GSA has managed the .gov and .fed.us top-level domains since 1997. Last
month it announced that it also accepts .gov registrations for native sovereign
Indian tribes interested in the .gov domain must first apply to the
Interior Department's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.
The process includes making a letter application, a tribal resolution, or
submitting minutes of the meeting giving authority to the person making
the written request. Tribes also can apply online at www.gov-registration.gov.
The end result for an entity acquiring a domain name would look like
"www.tribesname-nsn.gov," where nsn stands for "native sovereign nation."
The department hopes the move will enable e-government among Indian tribes.