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This New House.gov

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 21 2011

The new House.gov, now in a public testing period.

The House of Representatives is previewing what its online home will soon look like. Out with the old, in with the new House.gov. After a period of public feedback, the new site is scheduled to become official on May 2.

Says Rep. Jason Chaffetz in a statement, "To increase transparency, efficiency, and citizen engagement, it is imperative that the House use technology to improve internal operations. After working together with the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, their technology support team, and the Committee on House Administration, we believe this redesign of House.gov will help Members better connect with the people they serve."

And reads the announcement of the beta release, "among the new and/or improved features are: easy-to-use tools for finding your representative, an expanded public disclosure section, and an interactive calendar of current and archived House schedules, floor proceedings, votes, bills, and reports. Those wanting to learn more about the House can explore current news of interest, unique program and resource highlights, and a straight-forward educational component with information about the House and the federal government."

The 'old' House.gov.

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