How many government websites are there? How many HHS or DOJ sites are there? You and I have no way to know. American taxpayers cannot even know how many public websites their government is funding. By law, we should—but the system is broken.
The E-Government Act of 2002 set a deadline of two years to develop a "public domain directory of public Federal Government websites" (Section 207(f)(3)). But this directory still does not exist 5 years later.
The closest thing we have to such a directory is USA.gov, the portal of Government information and services. USA.gov is a good portal, but it is not a comprehensive directory of all government websites. Just a few examples of sites that are not linked on USA.gov include:
Although the Act is written obtusely, it is obvious that a "public domain directory of public Federal Government websites" includes all such websites. Otherwise, it would not serve as a directory. However, comprehensiveness was not a factor for the group assigned to develop the directory.
But who cares anyway? Is a directory of public domain Federal websites important?
Congress thought it was important enough to pass the E-Gov Act by the unanimous consent of both houses. Federal websites cost taxpayers millions and contain noteworthy and important information. All Americans have the right to a complete directory of these websites.
Congress should retask OMB with meeting this section of the E-Gov Act rather than allowing OMB to ignore it.