World Wide Web Sites:

Reported by 42 Federal Organizations (Supplement to Internet and Electronic Dial-Up Bulletin Board System Activities: Information Reported by Federal Organizations)

GGD-97-86S: Published: Jun 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1997.

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GAO provided a supplement to its report on Internet and dial-up bulletin board information reported by federal agencies, which contains a listing of approximately 4,300 World Wide Web (WWW) sites at 42 federal organizations.

GAO noted that: (1) because GAO was requested by the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs to identify the number of distinct WWW sites and to encourage consistent reporting, GAO defined a WWW site as a file or group of files organized under a homepage, which is accessible on the Internet with web browser software; (2) a homepage is typically the index, welcome, or menu page for a distinct WWW activity or service; (3) although GAO contacted federal organizations where it had questions concerning whether they understood its definition of a WWW site, due to the large number of reported WWW sites, GAO could not verify that all federal organizations used its definition; (4) furthermore, some federal organizations reported that the list they provided of their WWW sites was not in accordance with GAO's definition or was not complete; and (5) because the Internet addresses for WWW sites often change, some of the Internet addresses in the tables may not be correct.

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