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A Fourth of Govt. Websites Unreachable, Survey Finds

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Nearly a fourth of the domains are unreachable, according to a recent analysis of the federal government’s online portfolio.

Ben Balter, a new media fellow at the Federal Communications Commission and M.B.A. candidate at George Washington University, surveyed the more-than 1,800 websites owned and operated by federal government agencies.

Only 71% of federal executive domains work and nearly one-in-eight websites are inaccessible without typing the www. prefix, the survey said. Only nine sites support the federally mandated IPv6 standard, with many of the addresses supporting the old IPv4 standard.

Steven VanRoekel, federal chief information officer, said in an August memo a freeze on new federal websites would continue through the end of the calendar year.

The White House announced plans in April to reform the federal government’s web presence over the coming year.

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