The federal government doesn't understand the Internet. That might be a good thing, because if they understood it, they'd probably wreck it. But the Internet would like to understand the federal government, and it can't, because the enormous amount of publicly available information about the government isn't configured to allow it to be seen by webcrawlers. And let's face it: If Google can't see you, you don't exist on the Internet. Google is working with legislators to change that.
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will consider S. 2321, which extends and updates the E-Government Act of 2002. Part of the bill directs the Office of Management and Budget to create guidance and best practices for federal agencies to make their websites more accessible to search engine crawlers, and thus to citizens who rely on search engines to access information provided by their government. It also requires federal agencies to ensure their compliance with that guidance and directs OMB to report annually to Congress on agencies’ progress.
Well, I for one would love to look through Ted Stevens' series of tubes to get a look at what my portion of two and a half trillion dollars a year buys. They could post the plans for his Bridge To Nowhere. Maybe I could make one with legos.