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Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration re-launched USA.gov Friday morning with the self-proclaimed new focus of looking and acting less bureaucratic mirroring how private sector websites function, according to the White House.
The site is also launching a mobile application store featuring 18 apps ready for free download.
USA.gov is an online resource for the public to access information about taxes, school loans, elections, consumer protection and other topics.
"Across the past couple of decades, the private sector has made great gains in productivity and customer service," said Jeffrey Zients, the Deputy Director for Management within the White House's Office of Management and Budget.
"The Federal Government has largely missed out on these gains as it has failed to harness the power of new technologies. Closing this technology gap between the Federal Government and the private sector is key to saving taxpayer dollars and making government services faster, easier, and more responsive."
USA.gov focuses on simplifying the look and feel of the user experience by clearly displaying information about government services and having the most popular search terms featured. The search bar is powered by Microsoft's Bing technology and has been altered to highlight government websites.
The new government app store allows citizens to download free apps that are compatible with the iPhone, Blackberry and Droid devices.
The new apps include "My TSA," which gives real-time operating status for U.S. airports and wait time information about lines and flights, and a recall app, which allows users to type a product's name, or scan a bar code, and learn whether that product has been recalled because of a safety concerns.
There is an app for checking the UV Index and air quality ratings or who is on the FBI most wanted list. In addition to the apps released Friday, the General Services Administration says more apps are on the way.