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What can we do to improve how the public is able to search for federal content, via federal websites and commercial search engines?

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Reading Proposed Legislation

As a citizen there has been many a time I would have liked to have read a copy of a proposed bill, and then the pros and cons regarding the bill, including the potential costs. I have yet to find a site that links me to that information.

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Simplification

I think that www.regulations.gov is a great first step at making rulemaking more accessible to the general public. In its current form, however, I think the site and the documents are probably only navigable by people who have above average knowledge about either the agencies or the rulemaking process. I tried to approach the site today as if I were someone who had just heard about a rule, perhaps in passing on the ...more »

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Standardized, humanized taxonomy

I imagine there are dozens of standard taxonomies and nomenclatures for .gov websites. They should be coordinated and combined and then humanized (remove or cross-reference the "alphabet soup", nonsensical/technical jargon). The final taxonomy should be assumed to be a "living" taxonomy (one that is constantly changing with our culture) and not "set in stone". The taxonomy should be public and shareable with non-government ...more »

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Concierge

Provide a Search Concierge that drives live updates on a search query, with multiple media types in the results. The interface would be a dashboard widget that updates as new results are found, with audio alerts keyed off particular words. Let the technology do all the work while informing and entertaining the searcher with a live window into what he seeks -- a peephole into the "now" of his need.

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Gov Search Help Forum

A monitored forum where govt employees and users help other users find desired content. This type of user generated content could help expose problematic URLs and surface relevant keyword terms related to those URLs.

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Dialogue-A-Thon Focus

Hi all and thanks for joining the search dialogue-a-thon and the 2 week conversation! During this focused hour, I'll be consolidating some ideas that have been posted and suggesting some ways we can continue evolving those ideas into implementation plans. Please post new ideas, comment on existing ones, and let us know how you can help further!

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Celebrity Playlist-like content

Give celebrity industry experts like Clark Howard and Suze Orman access to their own .gov page. Allow them to list their own favorite US Gov website URLs kind of like iTunes does "Celebrity Playlists". These celebs would no doubt mention, promote and link to their .gov pages which in turn helps engines and users.

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