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Awards and Recognitions

USA.gov (formerly FirstGov.gov) has won many awards, and has been widely recognized for its information and services since it launched in 2000.


Awards by Date


September 2012

July 2011

August 2010

June 2009

March 2009

  • USA.gov Director winner, Fed 100
  • Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) Project Management Excellence Award for outstanding project management in Collaborative Government/Web 2.0 Vision.

January 2008

  • Government Customer Support Excellence Award Finalist

January 2009

August 2008

May 2008

April 2008

November 2007

  • President's Quality Award – Office of Personnel Management

October 2007

  • Vignette Village 2007 Excellence Award - Vignette Corporation

September 2007

  • WebAward - Web Marketing Association

August 2007

July 2007

February 2007

  • Top Ten Most Useful Sites for Web-Based Research - XooxleAnswers

September 2006

August 2006

  • #1 in Overall Federal Agency E-Government Performance, Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University

July 2006

April 2006

March 2006

  • Showcase of Excellence Award Winner - Federal Leadership Councils at FOSE
  • Stockholm Challenge Award Finalist 2006

January 2006

  • Favorite Places on the Web - Chicago Sun Times
  • Hot Sites - USATODAY.com
  • Website of the Day - kdsk.com

December 2005

  • #1 in Global E-Government Readiness - United Nations Global E-Government Readiness Report 2005

September 2005

  • Web Content Managers Best Practices Award for FirstGov en español (now GobiernoUSA.gov)

June 2005

  • Webby Worthy Award - International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

April 2005

  • PC Magazine's Top 100 Classic Sites
  • Kim Komando Cool Site of the Day

January 2005

  • Favorite Website - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 2004

  • IRMCO Team Award Finalist
  • #1 in Overall Federal e-Government - Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University

August 2004

  • Kim Komando Cool Site of the Day

May 2004

  • Top Site of the Day - widders.com

April 2004

  • Forbes.com Best of the Web, Expatriate Resources
  • PC Magazine's Top 100 Classic Sites

March 2004

  • FirstGov (now USA.gov) Director winner, Fed 100

February 2004

January 2004

  • Site of the Day - Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)

December 2003

  • "EContent 100" - EContent Magazine
  • Finalist, World Summit Award - United Nations International Telecommunications Union

November 2003

  • #1 in Web-Quality & E-Government Readiness - United Nations "World Public Sector Report 2003 - E-Government at the Crossroads"
  • Cool Site of the Day - coolsiteoftheday.com
  • Top Three Government Sites - WABC TV, New York

October 2003

  • 101 Most Incredibly Useful Sites - PC Magazine

September 2003

  • #1 in Overall Federal e-Government - Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University

August 2003

  • Site of the Day - Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)
  • Site of the Week - Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY)

May 2003

  • Innovations in American Government Award Winner

March 2003

  • Innovations in American Government Award Finalist
  • PC Magazine's Top 100 Classic Sites

November 2002

  • Innovations in American Government Award Semi-Finalist

July 2002

  • Public Access to Government Information Award - American Association Law Libraries
  • Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine's 50 Most Incredibly Useful Sites

June 2002

  • Best New Government Website - Women's World Magazine
  • Pioneer Award, E-Gov

February 2002

  • Hot Site - USA Today.com

January 2002

  • Excellence.Gov Award Finalist

December 2001

  • Grace Hopper Government Technology Leadership Award

November 2001

  • Federal Line - FederalNewsRadio.com

October 2001

  • Hot Site - USA Today.com
  • Pick of the Week - Yahoo!

August 2001

  • Innovations in American Government Award Finalist

July 2001

  • Hot Site - USA Today.com

June 2001

  • Intergovernmental Solutions Award
  • Site of the Week - The Washington Times
  • Top 100 Sites of the Day - The Legendinc.com
  • Web Map: News You Can Use - USNews.com

May 2001

  • #1 in 100 Top Government Sites - 100.com
  • Golden Web Award (2001-2002)

April 2001

  • Innovations in American Government Award Semi-Finalist
  • Pioneer Award, E-Gov
  • Site of the Day - The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition
  • Top 100 Sites for Small Business - Entrepreneur Magazine

March 2001

  • Azimuth Award (awarded to Dave Barram and Eric Brewer)
  • FOSE and Chief Information Officers Council of Excellence Award
  • Site of the Month - Chief Executives' Forum (Belfast, Ireland)
  • Site of the Month - Research Data Management Service, University of Delaware
  • Site of the Month - The CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research
  • Site of the Week - Web Watch
  • Site of the Week - Worksupport.com

February 2001

  • Recognized among "40 Great Web Sites," Reader's Digest, New Choices Magazine
  • Cool Website of the Day - "Topical" Tipworld
  • Site of the Day - Canton Public Library (Canton, Michigan)
  • Site of the Month - Internet Resources for Nonprofits
  • Site of the Week - Legal Engine

January 2001

  • Government Computer News Award
  • Hot Site of the Year - USA Today
  • Interesting Worldwide Website - Computer Times
  • Site of the Day - New York Times
  • Vice President's Hammer Award for Reinventing Government

December 2000

  • Site of the Day - E-mazing

November 2000

  • Site of the Month - King County Library (Washington State)

October 2000

  • A - Education World
  • Site of the Week - RefDesk.com
  • Site of the Day - Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
  • Site of the Day - Mountain Home School District 193 (Mountain Home, Idaho)
  • Site of the Month - New York State Library
  • Site of the Week - Boston Bar Association
  • Site of the Week - Fort Smith, Arkansas Public Library

September 2000

  • Site of the Day - Alpha-Pro Net
  • Site of the Week - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Library

Awards by Title

  • #1 Federal Government Website - Comparing Technology Innovation in the Private and Public Sectors, Brookings Institution
  • #1 in 100 Top Government Sites - 100.com
  • #1 in About.com's Top 20 Essential U.S. Government Websites
  • #1 in Global E-Government Readiness - United Nations Global E-Government Readiness Report 2005
  • #1 in Overall Federal Agency E-Government Performance, Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
  • #1 in Web-Quality & E-Government Readiness - United Nations "World Public Sector Report 2003 - E-Government at the Crossroads"
  • 25 Websites We Can't Live Without, Time Magazine
  • 101 Most Incredibly Useful Sites - PC Magazine
  • A - Education World
  • Arroba de oro, ("the golden @") Finalist
  • Azimuth Award
  • Best Government Web Sites: USA.gov - Government Computer News
  • Best New Government Website - Women's World Magazine
  • Best of the Web - Forbes.com
  • Cool Site of the Day - coolsiteoftheday.com
  • Cool Site of the Day - Kim Komando
  • Cool Website of the Day - "Topical" Tipworld
  • "EContent 100" - EContent MagazineExcellence.Gov
  • Excellence.Gov
  • Excellent rating for GovGab.gov blog by blogged.com
  • Fed 100
  • Favorite Places on the Web - Chicago Sun-Times
  • Favorite Website - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Federal Line - FederalNewsRadio.com
  • FOSE and Chief Information Officers Council of Excellence Award
  • Golden Web Award
  • Government Computer News Award
  • Government Customer Support Excellence Award Finalist
  • Grace Hopper Government Technology Leadership Award
  • Hot Site - USA Today.com
  • Hot Site of the Year - USA Today.com
  • Innovations in American Government Award Winner (2002)
  • Intergovernmental Solutions Award
  • Interesting Worldwide Website - Computer Times
  • IRMCO Team Award Finalist
  • Link You Can't Live Without - WUSA9.com
  • Model of Collaboration - Center for Technology in Government at University at Albany, SUNY
  • Most Effective Federal Web Site at Using Interactive Features to Engage the Public - Brookings Institution
  • Outstanding Federal Civilian Marketing Program, GovMark Council
  • PC Magazine's Top 100 Classic Sites
  • Pick of the Week - Yahoo!
  • Pioneer Award, E-Gov
  • Pioneer Award - Federal Computer Week
  • President's Quality Award – Office of Personnel Management
  • Project Management Excellence in Collaborative Government/Web 2.0 Vision, Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC)
  • Public Access to Government Information Award - American Association Law Libraries
  • Recognized among "40 Great Web Sites," Reader's Digest, New Choices Magazine
  • Showcase of Excellence Award Winner - Federal Leadership Councils at FOSE
  • Site of the Day - Alpha-Pro Net
  • Site of the Day - Canton Public Library (Canton, Michigan)
  • Site of the Day - Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)
  • Site of the Day - E-mazing
  • Site of the Day - Entertainment Weekly
  • Site of the Day - Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
  • Site of the Day - Mountain Home School District 193 (Mountain Home, Idaho)
  • Site of the Day - The New York Times
  • Site of the Day - The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition
  • Site of the Month - Chief Executives' Forum (Belfast, Ireland)
  • Site of the Month - Internet Resources for Nonprofits
  • Site of the Month - King County Library (Washington State)
  • Site of the Month - New York State Library
  • Site of the Month - Research Data Management Service, University of Delaware
  • Site of the Month - The CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research
  • Site of the Week - Boston Bar Association
  • Site of the Week - Fort Smith, Arkansas Public Library
  • Site of the Week - Legal Engine
  • Site of the Week - Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY)
  • Site of the Week - RefDesk.com
  • Site of the Week - The Washington Times
  • Site of the Week - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Library
  • Site of the Week - Web Watch
  • Site of the Week - Worksupport.com
  • Stockholm Challenge Award Finalist 2006
  • The 50 Most-Mentioned Agencies on Twitter
  • "The Best of..." - Money Magazine
  • Top 100 Sites for Small Business - Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Top 100 Sites of the Day - The Legendinc.com
  • Top 100 Websites, WEB100.com
  • Top Government Blog, Juggle.com
  • Top Site of the Day - widders.com
  • Top Ten Most Useful Sites for Web-Based Research - XooxleAnswers
  • Top Three Government Sites - WABC TV, New York
  • U.S. Government Web Sites You Didn't Know You Could Use, lifehacker.com
  • Vice President's Hammer Award for Reinventing Government
  • Vignette Village 2007 Excellence Award - Vignette Corporation
  • WebAward - Web Marketing Association
  • Website of the Day - kdsk.com
  • Web Content Managers Best Practices Award for FirstGov en español (now GobiernoUSA.gov)
  • Web Map: News You Can Use - USNews.com
  • Webby Awards Official Honoree - International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
  • Webby Worthy Award - International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
  • World Summit Award Finalist - United Nations International Telecommunications Union
  • Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine's 50 Most Incredibly Useful Sites