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Federal government unveils new Web site

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As part of its bid to improve online services, the federal government on Wednesday unveiled a revamped Web site aimed at providing easier access to information and services.

The new Web site -- -- was introduced at a news conference by Vice President Dick Cheney, who said that government has trailed the private sector in the use of technology to improve customer service.

"Government has sometimes lagged behind. But with the redesign of this Web site, we make a great stride forward, meeting a higher standard of service," he said. "Our goal is to put the latest technology at the service of our people."

The site's main page features three large boxes that separate features for use by citizens, businesses and local governments.

The site may be used for such functions as:

  • Obtaining a passport application
  • Filing taxes electronically
  • Searching for a government job
  • Finding information and applying for government benefits
  • Similarly, businesses may find out how to apply for a patent or trademark, perform a copyright search, and research federal business regulations and subcontracting opportunities.

    Government officials from all levels can find information on federal grants, economic development and disaster preparedness.

    The site also provides links to all 50 official state Web sites.

    It also includes an upgraded search function, as well as greater capabilities for users to provide comments.


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