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We create and organize timely, needed government information and services and make them accessible to the public anytime, anywhere, via their channel of choice.


Many people and organizations have had a hand in creating our comprehensive, award-winning portal to government. is an interagency product administered by USAGov (formerly the Federal Citizen Information Center), a division of the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. It got its start when Internet entrepreneur Eric Brewer, whose early research was funded by the Department of Defense, offered to donate a powerful search engine to government. That gift helped accelerate the government's earlier work to create a government-wide portal.

In June 2000, President Clinton announced the gift from the Federal Search Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Brewer, and instructed that an official U.S. web portal be launched within 90 days. went online on September 22, 2000 under the name The GSA and 22 federal agencies funded the initiative in 2001 and 2002. was legislatively mandated through Section 204 of the E-Government Act of 2002 (PDF, Download Adobe Reader). Since 2002, has received an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress. In January 2007, officially changed its name to

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Call us toll-free at 1-844-USA-GOV1 (1-844-872-4681).

The telephone line is available between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

If we can't answer your question directly, our information specialists will direct you to the government agency that can.

You can also contact us through e-mail or chat.

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