U.S. Forest Service Announces Launch of Additional Websites Into Web Portal

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WASHINGTON, D.C. December 29, 2010– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) announces the migration of five additional websites into the centralized internet portal– a one-stop source for agency services. The enterprise portal was created to serve internal stakeholders and members of the public with a highly efficient, user-friendly source for information and documents. The web portal initiative enhances the Forest Service’s web presentation, facilitates greater collaboration,and provides convenient access to frequently used information, as well as up-to-the-minute news and weather. “The public affairs community is excited about the transition from our legacy web sites to the web portal environment,” says Stana Federighi, USDA Forest Service, Director, Office of Communications. “The portal will streamline the web content contribution processes, integrate similar content regardless of staffor unit affiliation, and facilitate content sharing activities with outside organizations. These examples, and many others to come, will improve how we serve citizens on the World Wide Web.”

Websites recently added to the portal are the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, National Forests in North Carolina and Mississippi, and the R3 Regional Site. Upon completion of the initiative, nearly 130 internal and external Forest Service websites will have been migrated to the internet portal.

The web portal program is an eGovernment initiative that leverages technology to improve services for citizens while saving time and money for the federal government.  Consider, for example, the impact of inconsistent design and navigation for any corporate website. “For a company with 10,000 employees,the cost of a single poorly written headline on an intranet home page is almost $5,000”, says Jakob Nielsen, a leading website usability expert. “The cost of poor navigation and lack of design standards is even higher- at least ten million dollars per year in lost employee productivity for a company with 10,000 employees”.

If you would like more information about the Forest Service’s centralized web portal, or to schedule an interview, please call Donna Savarese at (703) 741-7861 x 847, or email Donna Savarese.