Google Launches Government Data Search Site - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

10:08 AM
Connect Directly

Google Launches Government Data Search Site

The site is designed to serve government employees, contractors, and the public by searching an index of U.S. federal, state, and local sites.

The U.S. government is finally getting some information out of Google. The search company today launched Google U.S. Government Search, a search site for finding public U.S. government information.

The site is designed to serve government employees, contractors, and the public by searching an index of U.S. federal, state, and local sites with .com, .edu, .gov, .mil, and .us domains.

The federal government already has a similar site,, which aims to provide the public with easy access to government documents. is powered by Google competitors MSN Search and Vivisimo.

Users with Google accounts will be able to personalize Google U.S. Government Search in the same way they can personalize a Google Personalized Homepage: by adding RSS feed modules.

The new search site reflects Google's intense interest in Washington. In October 2005, Google announced the hiring of Alan Davidson to lobby for the company's policy interests. Since then, the company's representatives have made themselves heard on issues like "net neutrality." And during this time, government agencies like the Department of Justice have been intensely interested in Google and its vast store of information.

The latest manifestation of Google's federal focus is its recent hiring of Mike Bradshaw as head of federal sales. Bradshaw is operating out of the company's Herndon, Virg., office, where he's working to get Google's enterprise products into government agencies.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
2021 Outlook: Tackling Cloud Transformation Choices
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  1/4/2021
Enterprise IT Leaders Face Two Paths to AI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/23/2020
10 IT Trends to Watch for in 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/22/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll