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State Council completes inspection of government websites in Q1

Updated: May 24,2017 3:37 PM

The State Council completed a national inspection of government websites in the first quarter of 2017.

According to the circular issued on May 24, there were 43,143 governmental websites in operation in the first quarter. The inspection covered 469 websites of local governments and departments under the State Council, and 7,768 websites of departments under local governments and ministries.

It said 92 percent of the websites passed inspection, and problems found in the fourth quarter of 2016 have been rectified. Among local government websites, some, such as Beijing, achieved a pass rate of 100 percent.

According to the circular, 90 percent of government websites above the county level have set up a special column to release important policies from the State Council, and 80 percent of them could reproduce key information from the State Council within 24 hours.

During the national two sessions, 10,930 government websites and 4,239 new media platforms broadcast Premier Li’s news conferences or covered related news.

The inspection also found that 97 percent of government websites above the county level and departments under the State Council had set up platforms to seek public opinions on problems about their websites.

Problems are also found among grassroots websites, such as inaccurate information and unavailable services. Shanxi and Inner Mongolia were urged to make more improvement with their pass rates lower than 60 percent.

Governments at all levels were asked to strengthen website management and set up a regular monitoring system.

Meanwhile, more efforts should be made to clean up zombie websites and improve security.

Related governments should take measures to deal with those problems and send feedback to the State Council before June 20, the document said.