The last time we checked on WhiteHouse.gov, social justice warriors across the country were in a snit because the Trump administration had archived the progressive content posted by its predecessor.
The official White House website has now gotten a complete facelift that promises to save American taxpayers as much $3 million annually.
A newly designed WhiteHouse.gov will launch early Friday, ending a months-long reconstruction process that aimed to bring the Trump administration’s digital presence up to current standards, a White House official said Thursday.
“The old site was a good temporary measure that allowed us to use what the previous administration had built, but it wasn’t where it needed to be in terms of providing people with content they can easily access,” the official said.
The updated website will feature enhanced search tools, making it easier for visitors to filter content by date or topic. It will also provide “in-depth policy updates” and appear “much cleaner,” according to the official.
“It adapts the U.S. web design standards and uses a style that is clean, simple and presidential,” the official said.
The cost savings come from the layout, which adapts the U.S. web design standards, and the security features.
The new website will be “cleaner,” according to the official, and contain improved search functions and policy sections. It will also have updated cybersecurity features meant to deter hackers.
A White House spokesperson estimated the annual cost of the current White House website at upwards of $6 million.
“We are now saving more than 60 percent of that number per year,” the spokesperson said.
The White House is also taking down the famous petition website, but plans to bring up a new and improved version early next year.
The “We The People” website, launched by then-President Obama in 2011, will be taken down on Tuesday at midnight, The Associated Press reported Monday.
Officials told the AP that platform will be replaced with a new website in late January and that all of the existing petitions will be restored at that time.
The Trump administration has yet to respond to any petitions that have exceeded 100,000 signatures, which necessitate a response from the federal government.
Trump officials told the AP that the administration will begin responding to the petitions once the new website is live.
White House representatives indicate the move will save taxpayers $1.3 million annually.
And as we head into the conclusion of Trump’s first full year in office, it seems a good time to check the status of the most notorious government website:
The Obamacare enrollment website HealthCare.gov is still having technical problems, as consumer advocates report continued glitches and misinformation as the deadline to enroll approaches.
Illinois customers who completed the enrollment were told they were eligible for subsidized health care, but received a message saying no plans were available to them in their area, The Associated Press reported.
Stephani Becker of the National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago told The AP the glitch began late last week and continued into Monday. Becker also said the issue extends beyond Illinois into other states, and believes consumers might give up and “just walk away” when faced with such an obstacle.
I suspect that should the Trump administration ever pulled the plug on HealthCare.cov, it would give the “Do Not Resuscitate” order.DONATE
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