U.S. Government Agencies Using WordPress

Here is a list (probably not all-inclusive) of United States government agencies or organizations using WordPress (whether privately or publicly):

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Coast Guard
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of State
  • Department of Treasury
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Marine Corps
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  • National Reconnaissance Agency
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Navy

This list was revealed at WordCamp San Francisco, 2008.

124 thoughts on “U.S. Government Agencies Using WordPress

  1. Dude, are you kidding me? How is “WordPress, secure enough for the NSA” not a marketing slogan? Or, maybe, “WordPress, intelligent enough for the CIA”… Really, even, “WordPress, good enough for government work” is pretty good.

    Seriously, I love that so many government agencies are using WordPress. Very cool. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Guys, great news, but let’s not get carried away. I doubt the CIA is using WordPress for anything “highly secure”. WordPress is a great tool to quickly and easily publish content. It’s not an enterprise level content management system, nor is it the best solution for every problem. It’s a good tool for a few people to publish content.

  3. Really, even, “WordPress, good enough for government work” is pretty good.

    Having done government work in the past, I’m pretty sure that’s more of an insult than anything else. “WordPress, secure enough for the NSA” sounds pretty good though.

  4. Honestly, I don’t understand why more government agencies are on that list, just like I don’t understand why academics generally aren’t taking blogging seriously.

    The issue is whether you want to communicate on a frequent basis or not. For government agencies, communication within agencies and communication to the wider world is imperative. Especially if you’re the DHS and you have the PR problems they have: thank God they’re on the list, I hope they’re running something to communicate what they do besides annoy us.

    But you know what? For all the lamenting about gov’t not knowing anything, that’s a pretty impressive list when we compare it with the list of intellectuals willing to stick their neck out and actually talk to other people.

    The issue of using WordPress is whether or not you want to use a very powerful, customizable tool to both create, reach and constantly inform/be informed by an audience. I do not see how this is optional for anyone in a public capacity, whether their expertise is governance or knowledge.

  5. Well it is same here in Pakistan, most parliamentarians are using WordPress on their sites. Even one has bought extension in wordpress.com blog for a better menu, and Css ..

    It is great to see them on WordPress..

  6. lordthaddius says:

    It’s not a surprise. With how much politicians are jumping on every social network known to man this election and doing everything that is a high traffic solution on the internet, it was only a matter of time before they got into blogging. And using WordPress as the platform is also not so much as a surprise. It’s more like .. about time.

    Here at work we use WordPress for just about everything. Our CMS, a knowledge base .. anything that needs a platform for content, WP is our choice. We have a slew of sites that use WordPress, both internet and intranet. It just makes sense.

    The government knows this. They have geeks on staff too. It was only a matter of time.

  7. gordon says:
    Really, even, “WordPress, good enough for government work” is pretty good.

    Having done government work in the past, I’m pretty sure that’s more of an insult than anything else.

    As someone who works for a government agency, though not the US government, I agree with Emanuel.

  8. WordPress is used in many important sites, even Yahoo loves WordPress, and although is really an excellent platform for blogging, it had several bugs and security problems in previous releases. Does WordPress 2.6 have enough security for NSA, CIA or FBI? it must running privately behind their firewalls.

  9. I’m trying to convince our web committee to adopt WordPress for our newsroom website. Unfortunately this is not easy at all, since they are afraid of “open source” and “unsupported” software like WordPress, and still prefer to buy closed source proprietary solutions :( Anyway, keep up this good job!

  10. That’s a wonderful thing to happen to WordPress. A great publicity. Perhaps, some of Network Geek’s slogan recommendations might hold true.

  11. Okay, first, that last slogan was, of course, a joke. Where I come from, “Good enough for government work” translates to “not perfect, but good enough to get the job done”.

    But, yes, definitely meant to be funny.

  12. I work for the Navy, and we too have used WP for several internal blogs, one used by our CO for command wide announcements.

    It makes sense that so many government and DoD agencies are using WP, as well as MySQL and other open source tools: price.

    With the WOT, it makes sense that they are doing whatever it takes to get the job done… and sometimes, free makes the case. Money is certainly tight for IT, so we have to get the job done with whatever tools we can.

    But, there is no doubt, that we choose WP due in large part to it’s maturity, it’s plugin architecture, and the easy to use interface.

  13. and still prefer to buy closed source proprietary solutions

    Quite understandable. When stuff breaks, they want paid support who can assure them they can fix it.

    However, just because WordPress is free doesn’t mean the same can’t be said for it — there are PLENTY of people (including me) who make a living or at least a decent side income doing WordPress support.

  14. Thats pretty impressive. Looks like wordpress has broken the civilian bounderies and moved into the ranks of the government.

    The funny thing is wordpress still has very little competition.

  15. I’m shocked. I didn’t see the scale of wordpress community. But could you provide some urls to such sites? I wonder if it’s blogs, sites or else. We can’t of course see intranets :)

  16. I’m in the UK and work in the gov sector and we’ve been slow on the uptake but now things are gathering momentum, as always we’re following you guys over the pond.

  17. Andy says:

    Hi, I typed into Google “wordpress.com” government – and your entry is top dog. Good and very specific blog.

  18. Well, I really love wordpress, but I dislike their security management. As in my eyes I am impressed that all the agencies that have a security-task decides for wordpress, that has shown a irresponsible behaviour towards its users regarding security-issues.

  19. Becca says:

    I think it’s amazing how many industries are going the way of WordPress. Not only that, but an article I just read about hottest skills of 2008, it shows that wordpress trends have actually increased by 4 times what they were the previous year. It’s incredible to be a part of something so big, especially in this economy.

  20. I love how technology is being utilized by everyone more and more every day. For example, how cool is it to get a youtube message from the President of the United States? Very cool I say!

  21. Martin says:

    Do you have specific examples of these sites? Are they all internal? or are there some external facing ones…
    I want to use WP in my agency and it would be easier to justify it if I could point some of my leadership to real working scenarios…

    Thanks

  22. Would be interested to know the source of this list… impressive though…especially now with all the different plugins available and how easy it is to create your own, wordpress is definitely leaving a legacy.

  23. Yeah WordPress Rocks!

    I recommend everyone to build their sites off WordPress even if it’s not a ‘blog’.

    I would also like to see an actual url list of government sites that use WordPress.

    Gives credibility for contract WordPress installers/developers.

  24. Fylde says:

    Honestly, I don’t understand why more government agencies are on that list, just like I don’t understand why academics generally aren’t taking blogging seriously.

    The issue is whether you want to communicate on a frequent basis or not. For government agencies, communication within agencies and communication to the wider world is imperative. Especially if you’re the DHS and you have the PR problems they have: thank God they’re on the list, I hope they’re running something to communicate what they do besides annoy us.
    http://www.computer-repairs-in.org/computer-repairs-in-fylde.php

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  26. The one thing that is left out of this statistic is the really advanced group of hackers. The ones that leave no trace, and don’t get caught. How do they even know the really good ones exist unless they are careless enough to leave a trail. Unless the FBI and secret service are examining hard disks are a low level, your not going to find anything left behind by a decent hacker. So… How would they know if they really had 25% of the hackers working for the government? Good story, but somewhat misleading stats. For More http://techtrackers.info.

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