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Change.gov is back

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Change.gov on July 30, 2013.

The Obama transition website Change.gov, a clearinghouse of policy statements, campaign promises, and personnel announcements, is back online after a hiatus of about six weeks. The removal of the content from Change.gov caught the eye of John Wonderlich, policy director of the Sunlight Foundation, who used the site as a way to evaluate how the administration was executing on its agenda.

While the Change.gov site was a relic of the transition, and redirected to the White House web site once the administration took office, the content was kept intact on the original Change.gov site, for those who were interested. According to the Internet Archive, which saves cached versions of web sites, the Change.gov content generated a "page not found" error starting around June 8 -- an error page that was active as recently as July 29.

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For nearly two months, visitors to Change.gov found it missing (Image via Internet Wayback Machine).

About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy, health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mr. Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian started his career as an arts reporter and critic, and has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, Architect magazine, and other publications. He was an editorial assistant and staff writer at the now-defunct New York Press and arts editor at the About.com online network in the 1990s, and was a weekly contributor of music and film reviews to the Washington Times from 2007 to 2014.

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Tue, Jul 30, 2013 Changeling

Thank you. Given the choice between blaming evil conspiracy vs. broken hardware, blaming the hardware will make you look smarter more of the time.

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