A new general government blog has been launched by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to further improve citizen access to official government information and services.

"Americans clearly love the idea and practice of blogging," said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. "The creation of GovGab is another step forward in improving public access to government information and services. This blog will be an invaluable resource in helping us keep citizens informed of the many opportunities and programs offered by the U.S. government."

Available at GovGab.gov, the blog features daily posts from a GSA team of five managers, each drawing on his or her professional experience as a government information expert to help spotlight U.S. government information and services of greatest use in Americans' daily lives. Some 57 million Americans are active throughout the blogosphere.

The daily posts will cover a wide range of topics from, "What to do when an airline loses your luggage," to, "How to submit a recipe to the Library of Congress cookbook." Readers can respond directly by leaving a comment.

GovGab is a product of GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Communications (OCSC). It will key off conversations in the blogosphere and draw on the resources in OCSC's family of Web sites: USA.gov, the official web portal of the U.S. government; Pueblo.gsa.gov, the public's trusted source of consumer information for more than 35 years and ConsumerAction.gov, the federal site that helps with consumer problems.

USA.gov is an E-Gov initiative that is part of President Bush's 2002 extensive plan to help integrate the federal government's efforts to provide more efficient and cost-effective services to citizens and businesses, by making their government information and services easily accessible online. USA.gov is government made easy, and GovGab makes it easy to get helpful, useful information every day.