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ESPANOL.GOV ALERTS USERS OF NEW INFORMATION VIA FREE E-MAIL

Espanol.gov, the official portal of the U.S. government in Spanish, today announced the launch of a free service alerting visitors to new information on their favorite topics. The e-mail alert system is available on 17 of the most visited pages of the portal. The topics range from Employment, Immigration and Citizenship, Health, Disaster Relief, and Education, to Housing and Family Issues. "This is only the beginning. Â We plan to offer subscriptions to many other pages of espanol.gov in the future, in response to our visitors’ needs," said M.J. Pizzella, Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Communications. "Providing citizens with the most up-to-date information available on espanol.gov is a continuing step in keeping the Administration’s promise to enhance citizen access to government information," Ms. Pizzella continued. OCSC manages the espanol.gov site. The system is easy to use and allows the subscriber to control all aspects of the subscription. By creating a user profile, the subscriber can add, delete or change chosen topics, decide whether or not to have a password, change preferences as often as desired, stop receiving e-mail alerts during a particular period of time, etc. The system also offers a help section in case the subscriber encounters minor technical difficulties and is automated by Minnesota-based GovDelivery Inc. Information on espanol.gov is updated as soon as new government information is available in Spanish. By subscribing to the e-mail alert system, the subscribers receive a notice that the page or pages chosen have new information and a link to the page directly from the e-mail. Espanol.gov is part of FirstGov.gov, a division of OCSC, the nation’s focal point for information and services offered by the government. Citizens can contact the government through the Web site or by phone at 1 800 FED INFO to find answers to their questions in Spanish.

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