The US Senate is calling for "creative people" to come up with ideas for a makeover of its official website.
Secretary of the Senate Jeri Thomson said in a prepared statement late last week that the www.senate.gov site needed to use the best technology available as a showcase for "American democracy", adding that it needs a creative expert on content management systems to pull it off.
Assistant Secretary of the Senate Barbara Timmer said today that this is only the first of what may be several projects aimed at improving the website.
"After the content management system is retooled, the Senate will very likely solicit bids to improve the look and feel of the site," she explained. "Senate.gov was state of the art when it was launched in 1999, but now looks a little dated."
Senate majority leader Tom Daschle has said that he wants Senate.gov to be "an interactive picture of democracy at work".
The new site has to be ready for business by September of next year.
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