Back in California, we used to deploy websites with similar content and functionality as many of those that I see under the .gov domain. Using WordPress and cloud hosting, we could build an entire website for $100k +/- and turn it over to the organization's public affairs office to run. But, the way the Federal Government does things, they pay $1,000,000/year to have contractors cut and past content into proprietary ...more »
Wanna save $? Use free technology, save the remainder that you would've spent on licenses and SLAs and instead spend a fraction of it on cheap hosting, proper support, staffing and training.
Oh, and then let your programmers contribute the modules they build to the community for re-use.