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FBI Website Redesigned For News

Making the FBI's Most Wanted, notable cases and crime statistics easier to find was among the goals of the agency's news-focused site revamp.




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As part of an ongoing effort by federal agencies to foster more public engagement and transparency, the FBI has unveiled the most comprehensive redesign of its website since it was launched 15 years ago.

The revamped site is more news-oriented and allows people to more easily find information on the latest crime statistics, the FBI's top fugitives and notable cases the agency is working on, according to information about the redesign on the FBI website.

The agency said it made changes to the site -- first launched in 1995 and which has more than 30 million visitors annually -- based on user feedback. The site features a new homepage with a focus on breaking news and other current event-related content. Navigation for the homepage is now on the top of the page with site destinations organized into eight categories, a tab for each across the top of the page, according to the FBI.

The agency also has added an alphabetical index to help people find what they are looking for on the site more easily, it said.

Specific pages on the site also have been redesigned to be more user-friendly as well. The FBI's Most Wanted site has a new search engine so people can submit queries on fugitives by name, gender, rewards, locations and wanted or crime categories, according to the agency.

The "About Us" page also has been revamped to provide more news-oriented information and direct people to investigations on topics that are relevant to their daily lives, such as identity theft and healthcare fraud. The FBI has added an "In the News" section to the page including links to recent cases and events.

In addition to updating existing pages, the FBI has added new pages to the site. The Intel-Driven FBI page provides a detailed look at the agency's mission after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and showcases intelligence tools and capabilities the agency has developed. Another new page, Partnerships and Outreach, shows how the FBI works with other agencies and organizations to achieve its goals.

The FBI will use site pop-up surveys to garner user feedback on the redesign so the FBI can continue to make user-friendly changes, the agency said.

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