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The U.S. Department of Education's ranks among the top 10 federal agency websites in an influential report on e- government, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and Nortel Government Solutions, a U.S. company wholly-owned by Nortel (NYSE/TSX: NT). was the eighth-best federal agency website - up 15 places from 2005 - in the latest edition of "State and Federal E-Government in the United States," a report published annually since 2000 by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University.

The report ranks websites based on availability of online publications and databases, audio and video clips, access for the disabled, security, readability, and a variety of other features.

Improving helps the Department of Education to more effectively serve its constituents. Nortel Government Solutions worked with key OCIO personnel to analyze the site's deficiencies - based on feedback from administrators of the Brown University report - and developed an efficient, cost-effective improvement strategy. The success of this strategy was confirmed by this year's report.

"This shows how we can work together with federal agencies like the Department of Education to maximize their efforts to improve usability of technologies that empower government to best serve its citizens," said Chuck Saffell, chief executive officer, Nortel Government Solutions. "We have the know-how and the experience to identify and deliver solutions that can enhance our clients' ability to succeed in their missions."

About Nortel Government Solutions

Nortel Government Solutions is a network-centric integrator, providing the services expertise, mission-critical systems and secure communications that empower government to ensure the security, livelihood, and well being of its citizens. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., Nortel Government Solutions offers a one-stop shop for solutions designed to improve workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, and streamline inter-agency communications. Nortel Government Solutions is a U.S. company wholly-owned by Nortel.

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About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world's most critical information. Our next-generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises, span access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications, and help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people with information. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries.

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This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education under contract number ED-03-PO-2949. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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