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The government's most watched Web site?

What is the federal government's most watched Web site -- especially this week? None other then the Web site for a certain special prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, which appeared somewhat quietly on the Justice Department's Web site Friday. Here is the LAT's story.

Needless to say, the timing of the Web site is, well, leaves enquiring minds wanting to know what is going on. The federal grand jury that has been meeting about the whole leaked CIA name case is slated to close its doors this week, so does the Web site mean that Fitzgerald needs a public Web site because he is going to announce something... anything. (If you are interested, the WP has an explainer to get your caught up on the case.)

Here is what the LAT said:

Fitzgerald's spokesman, Randall Samborn, "strongly cautions against reading anything into the timing" of the website launch. However, others familiar with the case said the prosecutor probably would not establish an Internet page if his investigation were going to close without indictments.

This will be the place that Washington journalists will be checking about every 10-seconds over the next few days.

The other interesting story about a Web site is the case of Medicare Web site about the new prescription drug coverage plans. Here is what the WP said Friday:

It's still not ready: Medicare officials updated the agency's Web site this week with information about new prescription drug coverage plans. But a promised interactive tool to allow beneficiaries to comparison shop between plans still is not operational.

"Some data necessary for the full use of this innovative tool are not yet complete and some drug pricing data are being updated," reads a message on the government's Medicare Web site.

The Web site is http://www.medicare.gov/.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Oct 22, 2005 at 12:15 PM


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