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FACT SHEET: President Clinton and Vice President Gore: Improving Citizen Access to Government With Launch of New White House Web Site

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|               PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE:                |
|                 IMPROVING CITIZEN ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT                  |
|                 WITH LAUNCH OF NEW WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE                 |
|                              July 7, 2000                               |
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Today,  the  White  House  announced the launching of its newly updated web
site,  Welcome  to  the  White House, at www.whitehouse.gov.  The new site,
which  features  a more current design and more user-friendly features than
the  previous  site,  will give users quicker and easier access to the wide
range  of  on-line  information  and  services provided by the White House.
Today?s announcement builds on the Clinton-Gore Administration?s efforts to
expand  public  access  to on-line government information and services, and
give the American people the "Information Age" government they deserve.

BRINGING  GOVERNMENT  CLOSER  TO  PEOPLE.  Since its debut in October 1994,
?Welcome  to  the  White House? has become one of the most popular sites on
the Internet, providing millions of users worldwide with an array of useful
information  about  the  White House and the federal government.  The site,
which  receives  1.2  million  hits per week, has developed into a valuable
tool  for  Americans  to  learn  about their government and the issues that
affect their lives.  Some of the most popular features of the site include:

?    Information on the offices of the President, Vice President, First
Lady, and Mrs.      Gore, including how to contact them by phone, mail, or
?    The Briefing Room, containing the latest White House press releases
and  briefings;
?    The Virtual Library, a collection of all documents released by the
White House    since the start of the Clinton-Gore Administration;
?    Record of Progress, tracking our nation?s prosperity and progress
     President Clinton and Vice President Gore took office in 1993;
?    Gateway to Government, providing citizens with useful government
     information in areas such as housing, employment, education and
training, and  health, as well as links to White House offices, Cabinet,
and other federal
?    The White House for Kids, a first-of-its-kind site for children who
want to learn  about their federal government;
?    The history of the White House, with interesting facts about U.S.
presidents, first   ladies, and their families; and
?    The latest White House tour schedule, event descriptions, and an
     historical tour of the White House.

IMPROVING  ON-LINE  ACCESS  AND  SERVICES.   To  keep  pace  with  changing
technology  and  improve  public  access to government, the White House has
updated its web site and production system with state-of-the-art technology
and a contemporary design.  The new site is:

?    Easier to use.   The new site offers users a clearer, shorter path to
content with
     the addition of a standard navigation bar and navigation footer on
each page,     making it easier to move from place to place within the
site.  Also, users now   have the ability to do a keyword search from any
page on the site;
?    More accessible.  New technology can recognize the type of browser
being     used and deliver the web pages to the user in the most
appropriate format for the    browser.  Also, a text-only option was added
to every page, giving users the    choice of whether to view graphics or
just text;
?    Equipped with state-of-the-art technology.  An automated updating
     process will streamline maintenance of the site and give users quicker
access to      the most current information;
?    Compliant with accessibility and privacy guidelines.  The new site is
     compliant with the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Accessibility
Initiative     guidelines, which ensure accessibility for users with
disabilities, and includes    compliance with P3P (Platform for Privacy
Preferences) privacy guidelines.  As     has been the case since its
inception, the White House web site does not use   cookies or capture
personal information from its users.

The  White  House  Office  of Communications will manage the content of the
site, and the Office of Administration?s Information Systems and Technology
division will handle technical support and maintenance.  Security is a high
priority,  and  new  security measures are constantly being put in place to
anticipate and address the threat of cyber attacks.

Vice  President  Gore  are  committed to using the power of the Internet to
make  government  work  better  for  the  American  people.   With the Vice
President?s  leadership,  the  Clinton-Gore Administration has expanded the
availability   of  government  information  and  services  to  the  public,
including the following:

?    Making government more accessible.  Announced the creation of
     FirstGov (www.firstgov.gov), a web site that will give citizens the
ability to
     search all on-line resources offered across the federal government
from a single
     web site;
?    Helping Americans stay healthy.  Launched healthfinder (
     www.healthfinder.gov), a gateway site on the Internet that provides
     with reliable health information;
?    Keeping seniors informed.  Unveiled Access America for Seniors (
     www.seniors.gov), an Internet site providing a wide range of
information and
     services for older Americans;
?    Making adoption easier.  Announced the launch of a national web site
     2001 to help break down geographical barriers to adoption by linking
children in
     foster care with possible adoptive families;
?    Supporting teens.  Announced a new gateway site for teenagers (
     www.americasteens.gov) offering a wide range of information to help
teens do  their homework, pursue a hobby, or choose a career;
?    Helping workers prepare for retirement.  Unveiled a new Internet
     retirement planner that allows workers to compute estimates of their
future Social  Security retirement benefits so they can better prepare for
their financial future;
?    Encouraging citizen participation.  Announced a new service called Ask
the  White House, a unique opportunity for the public to ask questions
through an     Internet news organization about the important policies and
issues that make up      the President?s agenda.

Administration  has improved access to technology and helped create digital
opportunity for more Americans by:

?    Working to bridge the digital divide by increasing access to
computers, the
     Internet, and high-speed networks in America's underserved urban and
?    Creating the E-rate program, which secures low-cost Internet
connections for
     schools, libraries, rural health clinics and hospitals;
?    Creating Community Technology Centers to provide computer access and
     educational services to low-income urban and rural communities across
the  country;
?    Creating Neighborhood Network learning centers to help people in
publicly  assisted housing learn critical computer skills; and
?    Signing electronic signatures legislation which eliminates legal
barriers to
     electronic commerce while protecting consumers.


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