An introduction to the Federal Web Council

A cross-agency group that is working to improve the online delivery of government information and digital services.

What is the Federal Web Council?

The Federal Web Council was launched in January 2004 as an interagency group of federal web managers who work together to improve the online delivery of U.S. government information and services. It provides a forum for high-level cross-agency collaboration, and recommends policies and guidelines for all public-facing U.S. federal websites.

Why is there a Federal Web Council?

The purpose of the Federal Web Council is to:

How the Federal Web Council works

Participating agencies include the 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies, and other select federal agencies that provide high-impact services to the public and federal agencies. Membership is invitation-only, and is comprised of senior-level federal agency Directors of Web/Digital who are appointed by their agencies. All federal employees working on web and digital services are encouraged to join and participate in the Web Managers Community or any of the other communities of practice.

Who makes up the Federal Web Council?


The Web Council is led by two co-chairs, one from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the other from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). GSA sponsors the Council, and DHS coordinates governmentwide digital communications for large-scale emergency response efforts.

  • Marina Fox — Sr. Digital Government Advisor in the Digital Strategy Division at GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP)
  • Matthew Harmon — Director of Web Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Public Affairs

Current Council Members

Please reach out to your agency’s Web Council member with questions. If your agency is not listed below, contact the co-chairs.

  • Agency for International Development (USAID) — Gregg Your
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA) — Peter Rhee
  • Department of Commerce — Alicia Sowah
  • Department of Defense (DoD) — Ed Zick
  • Department of Education (Ed) — Sally Harris
  • Department of Energy (DOE) — Tom O’Neill
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — Dan Kuhns
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — Matt Harmon
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) — Helen Savoye-Minor
  • Department of the Interior (DOI) — DeRon Johnson
  • Department of Justice (DOJ) — Ashley McGowan
  • Department of Labor — Ed McCarthy
  • Department of State — Monica Perry
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) — Bernetta Reese
  • Department of the Treasury — Teri Greene
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — Stephen Walker
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — Lin Darlington
  • General Services Administration (GSA) — Sarah Bryant
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — Abby Bowman
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — Brian Dunbar
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) — Bridgette White
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) — VACANT
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM) — Heather Stern
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) — Kirk McElwain
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) — Wayne Whitten