The government aims to cut the number of domains it uses, according to Cabinet Office executive director of digital Mike Bracken.
The work to rationalise domains is a continuation of a Cabinet Office drive to cut the number of government websites, Bracken told ZDNet UK on Monday.
"It's really around looking at domain structures," said Bracken. "We have, literally, lots and lots of domains."
Bracken, who is involved in work on a single government portal, said that cutting the number of domains would make interacting with the government "better for the user."
The government cut the number of websites in half between October 2010 to October 2011. The number of government websites went from around 820 to 444. Bracken said that in some cases, in the coming year, more websites will go.
The Alpha.gov.uk web portal stopped monitoring feedback in August. The Cabinet Office will launch a limited beta of a single government portal this year, said Bracken, with a public beta early next year.