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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release September 22, 2000
                      VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE LAUDS
                       THE LAUNCH OF FIRSTGOV.GOV

Vice President Al Gore today hailed the new Internet web site as a giant step forward in bringing government closer to the American people.

"This new site is a powerful tool for restoring trust in government's more basic mission -- to help, serve, listen, and respond to the American people," Vice President Al Gore said.

"It's also a major development on the road to creating a comprehensive electronic government that citizens will be able to access 24 hours a day, seven days a week -- where and when they need it," Gore continued. "I want to commend Eric Brewer for developing and donating the power search engine that made this possible, as well as, GSA, our National Partnership for Reinventing Government, and all those in government and the private sector who helped us get the site up and running."

President Clinton officially unveiled on September 22. It is the first-ever U.S. Government web site that provides the public with easy, one-stop access to all federal government online information and services. This web site -- located at -- provides a single online information portal that will connect Americans with information and resources from all 27 million federal agency web pages.