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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, FirstGov.gov, which aims to provide the public with easy access to government documents. FirstGov.gov 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.

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