Feds Axing Half of .Gov Websites
Sites cut in campaign to cut waste
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2011 3:39 AM CDT
Deserttortoise.gov is expected to be among the 1,000 .gov sites to be cut or consolidated.   (deserttortoise.gov)
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(Newser) – The federal government is planning to ax or consolidate nearly half of its 2,000 websites in an effort to cut waste and make it easier to find information online. The plan, part of a larger campaign to cut waste, will see close to a quarter of the .gov sites disappear as part of initial cuts. The creation of new government websites has been halted until the fall, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"Having too many separate federal websites makes it harder for people to find the information they are looking for," explained an Office of Management and Budget spokeswoman. "By consolidating sites we need and eliminating those we don’t, we’ll make it easier for the public to access the information they need while cutting costs on the back end." Among the early casualties is fiddlinforesters.gov, the official site of the US Forest Service's old-time string band.