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The Department of Energy recently overhauled its website and in doing so became one of the first agencies to act on the Obama administration’s directive to reduce the number of federal websites.

An Energy official told Nextgov the department last week folded the online energy news service Energyempowers.gov into its flagship site, which has been redesigned and shifted to Amazon’s public cloud. The new site is expected to save the department more than $10 million annually.

The move to reduce the number of federal websites is part of the Obama administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste, which attempts to save money and dispel the confusion surrounding the proliferation of official government websites. There are now more than 20,000 individual federal sites.

“Earlier this summer, the White House called on federal agencies to get rid of thousands of government websites that are outdated and that we don’t need. It appears some have heeded the call,” said Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.).

“I’d like to thank the Department of Energy for taking an important first step toward making our government more nimble and efficient. Not only has the Department of Energy begun closing down and consolidating websites, it’s also started tallying how much money these efforts will save taxpayers.”

The Energy Department estimated that by building new sites as sub-domains to Energy.gov — rather than as standalone sites — the agency will save $150,000 per year, per site.

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