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IE still top Web browser for feds after 15 years

The Bush administration began a governmentwide movement toward standardizing the applications and desktop configurations used by federal employees, a trend that has continued under the Obama administration. One byproduct of that shift was the outlawing of non-IE browsers at some federal agencies.

Last year, State Department employees used a townhall meeting with Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to name longtime aide Blinken as secretary of State: report Understanding mixed results in Pennsylvania key to future elections What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? MORE to request access to Firefox. Applicants for federal grants also complained that the website the government uses to process applications is only compatible with Internet Explorer.

The Office of Management and Budget did not respond to a request for information on browser preferences across the government, but it is believed that Internet Explorer dominates at all but a few small federal offices. Microsoft is slated to begin beta testing the latest version, Internet Explorer 9, next month.