We have a proven track record of delivering fast, relevant search results. Nearly 175 Federal and District of Columbia government agencies currently use Search.gov to power their search box and improve their visitors’ search experience.

Agriculture
Agriculture
Commerce
Commerce
Defense
Defense
Education
Education
Homeland Security
Homeland Security
HUD
HUD
 
Interior
Interior
Justice
Justice
Labor
Labor
State
State
Transportation
Transportation
Treasury
Treasury

Our History

Search.gov got its start when Internet entrepreneur Eric Brewer, whose early research was funded by the Department of Defense, offered to donate a powerful search engine to government. That gift helped accelerate the government’s earlier work to create a government-wide portal.

In June 2000, President Clinton announced the gift from the Federal Search Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Brewer, and instructed that an official U.S. web portal be launched within 90 days. USA.gov went online on September 22, 2000 under the name FirstGov.gov with a prominent search box to allow the public to search across government websites. Visit USA.gov to learn more about its mission and history.

In 2010, Search.gov moved to open-source software and became available to agencies across government in the United States to power the search boxes on their site. Today we power nearly 300 million queries a year through over 1,800 federal search configurations.