A new study from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation says 92 percent of the U.S. federalÂ government’s most popular websites do not meet basic standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness or accessibility.
ITIF said Wednesday it analyzed 297 U.S. government websites in the top 1 million websites worldwide and assessed them on criteria such asÂ security, speed, mobile friendliness and accessibility.
“Considering that many constituents rely on federal websites to interact with government, it is incumbent upon the new administration, supported by Congress, to make websites more convenient, accessible, and secure,” saidÂ Alan McQuinn, an ITIF research analyst.
The foundationÂ identifiedÂ healthdata.gov, healthfinder.gov, consumerfinance.gov, whitehouse.gov and usembassy.govÂ as the top five highest-performing websites under the currentÂ administration.
ITIF’sÂ report also rankedÂ usphs.gov, fmc.gov, osti.gov, trade.gov and ipcc-wg2.gov as the lowest performing websites among those studied.
Ninety-two percent of the reviewedÂ websites failed in at least one of four categories whileÂ 33 percent failed the test for Secure Sockets Layer certificates, ITIF said.
SSL is a standard technology for encrypted internet communications that executive branch websites are required to use.
The study revealed that 14 percent of surveyed websites lacked SSL certificates while 19 percent had SSL but failed the test due to substandard implementation.
Websites of the Defense Department, International Trade Administration and U.S.Â Courts are among those that failed theÂ test for SSL certificates.
Ten percent of federal websites failedÂ to deployÂ a set of protocols called Domain Name System Security and used to secureÂ domain name system lookup and exchange processes.
ITIFÂ also found thatÂ 22 percent of websites failed the speed test for desktops; 64 percent failed the mobile device speed test;Â 41 percent were not mobile-friendly; andÂ 42 percent were not accessibleÂ for users with disabilities.