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House Oversight Committee Launches New Website

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, March 15 2012

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has released a revamped website that aims to make the committee more accessible to tax payers and voters. The committee is chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who has been an outspoken opponent of SOPA and PIPA in Congress.

The new Oversight.House.Gov is built on a WordPress platform. "“Taxpayers deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them, and they deserve the same from their government websites,” Issa said in a statement. “The reimagined Oversight.House.Gov applies lessons learned from the Committee’s multifaceted web development efforts, and is a step towards delivering a more efficient user experience that lets taxpayers get in, get what they need, and get back to work.”

The committee has introduced the new website with a faux-ad video modeled on the "So easy a caveman can do it" GEICO ads. The video asks whether users are "frustrated with government websites" and says the new site is "so easy a congressman can do it."

The new website has a new color-coded presentation of committee legislative business meetings includes video and key documents with a "score sheet" indicating what action was taken on amendments. Each hearing page allows users to watch hearings live, with access to hearing documents, opening statements, and online discussion, and then becomes a permanent archive with video after the conclusion of a hearing.

Every subcommittee now also has its own landing page with information on the most recent hearings and membership.