GCN noted yesterday that the U.S. House of Representatives is moving to the open source Drupal content management system.  The White House recently moved to Drupal also, which I have discussed here and here.

The founder of Drupal, Dries Buytaert, talked about the House move to Drupal and mentions the requirements:

  1. Accommodate hundreds of independent websites, each with different sets of features.
  2. Provide the ability to deploy new sites quickly and efficiently.
  3. Enable House Members to use the web designer or developer of their choice by leveraging the Drupal community.

A couple of examples of the new Drupal websites, which have initially been deployed for freshmen House members, are here and here.