Track competition for specific industries and offer grants and micro-loans for new startups to beef up competition on low rating sectors. Offer high rating sector companies incentives to switch and compete in struggling or non-competitive sectors.
Policies and Principles
What practices, policies, and principles should guide the federal web in the next 5 years?
Government websites should help the government accomplish its strategic objectives--and help citizens and residents participate in and make use of their government. Often what gets in the way is internal government processes & protocols: contracting processes that separate the design of a website from its development, or cultural barriers that dictate unnecessary constraints from the onset, for instance. These things ...more »
Writing, organizing, and structuring an agency or department's web content takes specialized skills that the guy in the end cube with spare time likely doesn't have. Agencies need to dedicate resources with the right skills—writing, customer service, UX—to build, maintain, and manage web content. It's a full-time, ongoing job for an entire team to keep an agency's content current and accessible.
Create a permenant government website for peoples ideas,comments,etc.
Create a VOTE NOW. GOV site (and make it known to US population) so that The People can vote on anything going to congress for approval, or not. Congress is holding up valuable changes because of personal issues. This country is made up of more then congressmen and Senators. Whether Republican or Democrat, Black AND/or White, the people of this country have a RIGHT to SPEAK and BE HEARD! on ANYTHING that is proposed in ...more »
We should be using models of incremental, metrics based continuous change on Federal sites, and getting rid of the whole concept that we need complete and utter redesigns every so many years.
Build on the good that your site does, and continually improve, improve, improve... in 3 years your site won't look like it does today, and it will be better.
A complete redesign just guarantees change, not improvement.
Web managers may walk away from this discussion with the intention of applying one or two of these suggestions to an existing site design. Those web managers will just be wasting time. The way forward is an extensive review of your users needs and your agency's mission, and the primary way you organize the existing and future data and applications presented on your site. Anything less is just nibbling at the edges, ...more »
Our Government is "of the people, for the people, and by the people."
Forums like this show that our Government is truly interested in listening to US.
A major HIGH-FIVE to the team(s) and came up with and implemented this National Dialogue!
How long has this been going on. Can you possibly extend the time and reach out to the experts in the industry for what works well when it comes to internet strategies about this project
Based upon various web metrics and/or common citizen interactions... certain agency (or cooperate across agency) sites could create these lists. This could be more like creating a cross agency "check list" (with links) that would help citizens perform specific tasks- People could follow the steps by clicking the links and get their task done.... Example, A new citizen wants to get a passport and register to vote... ...more »
There are a number of sites that have made money by offering PDFs of Govt forms that are otherwise available for free.
If the government sites are improved so that it becomes easy to find these forms, then these guys can be put out of business.
A citizen should have one account to access all services. It makes no sense to have multiple user names and passwords. If some domains are more secure then secondary access tokens could be used. This would also imply some kind of data interoperability.
Citizens and Government could benefit from some basic training about intellectual property (IP);i.e., copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets. What policies and laws define them; what distinguishes them from each other; what';s the duration of protection; when could more than one type of protection apply ; what does and doesn't apply to government produced vs. government commissioned stuff; the effect on government ...more »
Citizens who are aggrieved with confusing and convoluted websites need a central POC where they can go to have someone resolve the problem for them and future users. Everyday citizens can't be expected to understand the processes or pathways needed to reach the right people in specific agencies.
We don't have a coherent conceptual model of a governance website. Our websites display information that can be updated in realtime, and accept input from every individual user. Currently, however, websites are being built and run as "smart kiosks" capable of limited two-way interaction and dispensing. But the design philosophy behind what is shown, what is engaged, is based on all previous media being digitized ...more »
Allow people to share ideas on how to go green to be accessed through government websites in addition to having extensive recommendations/ rules/ laws to be made by government as to how to go green
Acknowledge and Promote Earth Day Each Year on USA.gov and related department websites. List ways in which governments are going green and sustainable and list things people can do to become more sustainable everyday and on Earth Day
Promote peace and Peace Day on the USA.gov Website.
A Plan of Peace, Global Truce and Cease Fire should be Posted on the USA.gov Website. Direct all related Government Departments to promote Peace Day.
We need to move toward peace and to allow people a voice to have their ideas expressed on how to achieve peace. We need to celebrate The International Global Truce Peace One Day, Peace Day 9/21 of each year and acknowledge it on the USA.gov website. Add Peace to the list of drop-down choices of topics we can pick when we list the subject of our communication with government officials
I've seen a lot of discussion about top tasks, and I think the guidance for top tasks frequently is terrible. If all we do for top tasks is study our current users, we're missing the boat. It seems a lot of the government representatives on this dialogue think SERVICES are the most important thing. Well, we have evidence (and you can argue with the methodology) that this may not be the case. Remember the Socrata Open ...more »
Agencies are disclosing lots of information online, but it's very inconsistent between agencies. There should be a minimum baseline of information that all agencies must consistently post on their websites – a transparency floor. The current OMB guidance establishes a few categories of information to be disclosed by each agency, but the categories need to be significantly updated and expanded. The new list of categories ...more »
Agency websites are required to provide captions with streaming audiovisual content. Section 508, requires that multimedia presentations provide a transcript that is audio synchronized to the presentation. See §§ 1194.22 (a) and (b) of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. This should be standard protocol for all video content appearing on federal websites.
Being a internet-based a reform initiative should not give the right to bypass policies that apply to other input mechanisms. For example, comments on Federal regulations are solicited through the Federal Register, providing for ways to submit input without providing PII. This site requires an individual's email address before allowing any input, had no Federal Register notice, and assumes that all individuals with ...more »
I think Richard Buchanan's expertise in design is relevant throughout. Just one of the many gems: "Human-centered design is fundamentally an affirmation of human dignity. It is an ongoing search for what can be done to support and strengthen the dignity of human beings as they act out their lives in varied social, economic, political, and cultural circumstances." (Design Issues: Volume 17, No 3 Summer 2001 p.37 ...more »
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