FREE is among the most popular K-12 websites maintained by the U.S. Department of Education because of the many great resources being offered by contributing federal agencies. FREE was conceived in 1997 by a federal working group in response to a memo from the President of the USA. The site was launched a year later. It was redesigned and relaunched for the first time in November 2006. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.