Monitoring Federal Websites

The Web Integrity Project monitors and documents changes to federal websites, and disseminates findings to journalists to inform the public about significant reductions in access to information. Through this work, we both hold our government accountable for how it manages and controls information online and develop frameworks for better information governance. Our initial monitoring work is focused on health and healthcare websites, but we’d like to expand to sectors such as civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, and foreign aid and affairs.

Current Monitoring Efforts:

  • Subject matter: Health and healthcare
  • Focus areas: Maternal and child health, reproductive health, LGBTQ health, mental health, and the Affordable Care Act
  • Department(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Agencies/Offices: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and others
  • Monitored webpages: ~10,000

Our website monitoring methodology is based on the work that our co-founders help lead at the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative’s Website Monitoring Team, which is keeping close track of federal climate, environment, and energy websites. We also make use of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to view and compare archived snapshots of pages.

If you’re interested in getting involved with WIP or have tips about topics or websites we should look into, contact Rachel Bergman at webintegrity@sunlightfoundation.com.

 


Website Monitoring Reports

Our reports detail and classify​ changes in ​Web content or​ ​access​ ​to​ ​Web​ ​resources. Are you a journalist interested in receiving our embargoed reports? Send us an email and we’ll add you to our mailing list.

 

Check back the week of February 19th for new reports here!