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After a vendor receives a contract, it takes two or three months to complete a website in most cases, according to GSL Solutions President Michael Gaines. The timeline varies depending on how long the Member has been in office and how much data he has to convert. The process also runs more smoothly when someone in the Senate office has worked on a website in the past.
The SAA will help Senators set up a temporary website, but even that can take about a month. Temporary websites feature a biography, a constituent contact form and press releases, but they leave out social media such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
Bybee said he’s hoping to get the site up as soon as possible.
“In this day and age, where constituents and individuals use the Internet ... on a daily basis, it’s important to have that type of presence online,” he said.