What makes GOOGLE so useful is the very clean front-end (a single search box ... difficult to get cleaner than that!) and search results that are relevant. Too many government websites are the anti-google. It is particularly telling when government content can be found more easily on GOOGLE than it can on a government site itself. And just to clarify ... my point was not that .gov websites should be THE SAME as google ...more »
Have a main search engine that will search the infromation and data on all governemnt sites. Sometimes it vague which department has the infromation on a subject. A general search based that uses key-word tag technology would eliminate the user having to navigate multiple government websites to find what they are looking for.
To foster familiarity and avoid reinventing the wheel, using de facto web presence leaders as your paradigm
need a subject/content index to the overall structure of gov't web site content....kind of a google for the vast array of gov't info.
google uncle sam was a great tool for contractors to research without the mess of non-gov info!
This does not solve all problems with translation, accessibilty and fairness, but it does fill a huge gap in a simple and cheap way. All it requires are some minor includes, etc.