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USA.gov Hosting National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites
USA.gov announced it is hosting a National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites Sept. 19-30, 2011. This 2-week, online dialogue is your chance to submit, vote, and comment on ideas for improving various aspects of federal websites, such as: content, search, usability, accessibility, social media, multilingual content, and online services. Future changes based on these ideas could directly impact the work government agencies like the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health do every day.
The .gov reform effort is part of President Obama's Campaign to Cut Waste, identifying unnecessary websites that can be consolidated into other websites to reduce costs and improve the quality of service to the American public. The President signed Executive Order 13571, “Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service,” April 27, 2011, which requires federal agencies to take specific steps to strengthen customer service, including how they deliver services and information on federal ".gov" websites.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Services Administration (GSA), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Chief Information Officers Council, and the Federal Web Managers Council are working with agencies to manage this effort. The .gov Task Force is leading this effort.
The list of federal executive branch .gov domains was published July 12, 2011 on Data.gov. The list of domains will be updated weekly and published on Data.gov each Tuesday.
You can join the conversation at http://web-reform-dialogue.ideascale.com/.
To learn more about the overall .gov reform effort, go to www.usa.gov/WebReform.shtml.
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