Who KNEW the U.S. Forest Service maintained a web site for an old-time string band made up of USFS employees. If you never had the pleasure (?) of visiting the Fiddlin’ Foresters web site, well, you never will, because it’s history. It was highlighted by President Obama in a video about cutting waste, and now it does not exist. The site was HERE, now it’s gone. And THIS is what it used to look like, thanks to the Waybackmachine.
The President said “I’ll put their music on my iPod, but I’m not paying for their web site”.
From the White House’s web site, here is the part about cutting the number of web sites:
As one of the campaign’s first steps, the Administration will be targeting duplication and waste among federal websites. There are almost 2,000 separate websites across the Federal Government. With so many separate sites, Americans often do not know where to turn for information. The Administration will immediately put a halt to the creation of new websites. The Administration will also shutdown or consolidate 25% of the 2000 sites over the next few months and set a goal of cutting the number of separate, stand alone sites in half over the next year.
In the video below, the part about the USFS’ Fiddlin’ Foresters begins at about 1:35.
Maybe the $25 or $50 dollars that would have been spent on the U.S. Forest Service’s Fiddlin’ Foresters web site can go toward buying a new fleet of purpose-built air tankers.