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As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.
We provide trusted, timely, valuable government information and services when and where you want them.
Many people and organizations have had a hand in creating our comprehensive, award-winning portal to government.
USA.gov is an interagency initiative administered by the Federal Citizen Information Center, a division of the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. It got its start when Internet entrepreneur Eric Brewer, whose early research was funded by the Department of Defense, offered to donate a powerful search engine to government. That gift helped accelerate the government's earlier work to create a government-wide portal.
In June 2000, President Clinton announced the gift from the Federal Search Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Brewer, and instructed that an official U.S. web portal be launched within 90 days. USA.gov went online on September 22, 2000 under the name FirstGov.gov. The GSA and 22 federal agencies funded the initiative in 2001 and 2002.
USA.gov was legislatively mandated through Section 204 of the E-Government Act of 2002. Since 2002, USA.gov has received an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress. In January 2007, FirstGov.gov officially changed its name to USA.gov.
Use our Help page to learn how to accomplish government tasks and access government information and services through USA.gov.
USA.gov links to websites that provide useful, timely, citizen-centered government information and services consistent with our linking policy.
USA.gov provides more details on its policies and guidelines with regard to disclaimers of endorsements, web accessibility, free commercial downloads, and privacy and security matters on our Important Notices page.
USA.gov is an Internet portal designed for you. We want to make your experience at our website productive, informative, and satisfying. Customer feedback is the driving force for how we organize and present government information, services, and transactions.
If you would like to provide us with comments, suggestions, and personal experiences while visiting USA.gov, please contact us.
USA.gov provides answers to other frequently asked questions about USA.gov.
We provide software developers and researchers with resources to help people find useful government information. Visit our Developer Resources page to learn more.
We invite you to contact us with feedback and suggestions about USA.gov to help us serve you better.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: October 12, 2012