Many Federal Websites Fail to Meet Basic Standards for Speed and Security
A new report by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) says that ninety-two percent of federal government websites studied fail to meet at least one basic standard for security, speed, mobile friendliness, or accessibility.
- Benchmarking U.S. Government Websites by Alan McQuinn and Dainel Castro The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (March 2017). (summary) (press release).
This report analyzes performance of 297 of the most popular federal websites. It found that many fell short of requirements set by the federal government, as well as basic industry standards for web development. The report says that 33 percent of .gov websites failed a basic security test, 64 percent failed a mobile speed test, 41 percent were not mobile friendly and 42 percent were not accessible to users with disabilities.
The five worst-performing websites among those studied are:
The report concludes that Federal websites still have a long way to go to comply with the requirements that past administrations have set for them and to match the performance of the best-in-class private-sector websites.
ITIF is a nonpartisan research and educational institute whose mission is to formulate, evaluate, and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress.