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GSA’s 18F Web Project Seeks to Monitor Gov’t Domains’ Compliance with Best Practices

GSAThe General Services Administration’s digital services group and the Office of Government-wide Policy have started an online project to measure how U.S. government domains comply with best practices for federal websites.

GSA’s 18F organization said Tuesday that Pulse website seeks to assess the participation of federal parent domains in the Digital Analytics Program and their adoption of the HTTPS protocol against an official list of .gov domains.

DAP is a free online analytics service for federal agencies that aims to limit information sharing and preserve the anonymity of visitors’ addresses through privacy controls, according to the group.

18F said the U.S. government is working to transition to the HTTPS protocol, which intends to provide a secure connection between .gov sites and their online visitors.

“Enforcing strong HTTPS is an important baseline for government websites, and is in the process of becoming the baseline for the web at large,” the organization said.

18F also noted that it plans to further expand the Pulse project to “measure more best practices and more websites.”

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