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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release July 7, 2000
               PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE:
                 IMPROVING CITIZEN ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT
                WITH LAUNCH OF NEW WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE

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:

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:

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.

USING TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE EFFECTIVE. President Clinton and 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:

BUILDING ON A RECORD OF CREATING DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY. The Clinton-Gore Administration has improved access to technology and helped create digital opportunity for more Americans by:

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