The Canton Repository

June 27, 2001

Perry relaunches Internet site 

By PAUL M. KRAWZAK
Copley News Service     

WASHINGTON — If you’re searching the firstgov federal Web site for information, you now can gain access to data from all 50 state government Web sites as well, Stephen A. Perry, administrator of the General Services
Administration, announced Tuesday.

The nine-month-old Web site, http://www.firstgov.gov
provides access to 31 million pages of federal government information, services and online transactions, according to GSA. With improvements that took effect Tuesday, it now provides access to another 16 million pages of similar information from state government Web sites.

In a single search, Internet users now can look for information in all federal Web pages as well as all state (and the District of Columbia) Web pages.

Perry, a Canton native who took over as GSA administrator June 1, said the enlargement of the site is consistent with President Bush’s “initiative for
customer-centric, efficient, results-oriented government.” He announced the change during a conference for information technology specialists in New Orleans.

Other improvements to the Web site include a section for finding the information most often requested from state and local governments, and another for finding government services by community.

“It will continue to evolve and continue to be enhanced as we move forward,” GSA spokesman Bill Bearden said of firstgov.