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CFPB Serves up Financial Tips to Seniors

Sep 11, 2017 |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Meals on Wheels America have created multilingual educational resources about financial scams that target the elderly which can be easily distributed to seniors in the communities they serve, and downloaded or ordered in bulk for free by the general public. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Consumer Education & Read »

CFPB Serves up Financial Tips to Seniors

The Data Briefing: Federal Government Pioneers in Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Training

Aug 9, 2017 |

When I was in the private sector, around the year 2000, I worked for an information technology (IT) consulting company as a project manager and developer. On one project, I provided support for early mobile devices given to medical students. I worked in a small office around the corner from the cardio-respiratory simulator (CRS). The Read »

The Cutting EDGE: New Virtual Training Prepares First Responders for Active Shooter Incidents

Aug 3, 2017 |

Amidst the chaos of an active shooter event, preparedness is key to a seamless, swift and effective response—and a new video game funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory just might do the trick. Read »

Have You Critiqued Your Critique Process?

Jul 31, 2017 |

DEMO Whenever I hear someone complain about the process of a design critique, I’m always a bit surprised. Blame it on the fact Read »

The Data Briefing: Ten Years of Digital Transformation—Lessons Learned

Jul 26, 2017 |

Since 2007, a major consulting firm has conducted an annual survey on organizations’ “Digital IQ.” In the ten years of organizations grappling with digital transformation, what has been learned? Read »

The Data Briefing: Ten Years of Digital Transformation—Lessons Learned

Vets.gov: A Modern Software Development Environment in Government

Jul 3, 2017 | ,

When people think of government software, they often think of COBOL and PowerBuilder 5, with manual software deploys every three to six months on a fixed number of machines in a government-run data center. This perception is sometimes justified, but sometimes entirely wrong. Regardless, the perception makes many developers reluctant to work for the government Read »

VA Innovators Network Program: Ahead of the Curve in Healthcare Innovation

Jun 30, 2017 |

VA Innovators Network Program Selected as FedHealth IT Innovation Award Winner This month, FedHealth IT announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Innovators Network Program was selected as a 2017 recipient of the FedHealthIT Innovation Award. FedHealth IT recognized 25 Federal Health Read »

Improving Customer Experience with Digital Personas

Jun 20, 2017 |

Keeping the customer’s needs front and center is important when developing new digital tools. We recently developed a set of user personas as part of our work to establish a more robust—and data informed—understanding of the individuals that engage digitally with the National Archives (NARA). User personas are fictional, but realistic representations of key audience Read »

Opening Public Services to Artificial Intelligence Assistants

Jun 6, 2017 |

“Hey, Computer, how do I access my public services?” Citizens will soon be able to ask their Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPA) this question through an Emerging Citizen Technology open-sourced pilot program. The purpose of the initiative is to guide dozens of federal programs make public service information available through automated, self-service platforms for the home Read »

The New FEC.gov

Jun 6, 2017 | ,

Last week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) unveiled their new website at FEC.gov. This new site is the result of a years-long collaboration with GSA’s 18F and features completely revamped tools for exploring campaign finance data. It provides user-centered content for understanding the reporting and compliance requirements for people participating in federal elections, redesigned tools Read »

Benefits of Accessible Design

May 9, 2017 |

According to the World Bank, approximately one billion people worldwide live with a disability, making up the world’s largest minority. Designing from an accessibility-first standpoint has the potential to benefit all stakeholders, not just people with disabilities, because accessible design typically delivers a better user experience. Currently many websites and digital platforms are inaccessible, which makes them difficult Read »

GetMyFuture.org: Essential Youth Resources, Now

May 2, 2017 |

They say that life can be summed up as the process of a series of doors closing. By that, they mean that opportunities for taking different paths start to disappear as you move through life. It’s a logical sentiment, but there’s an obverse to it. When you’re young, all those doors are open. Doors as far as you can see. It’s all about learning how to make informed decisions about what doors to wander through. Read »

How the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Uses the U.S. Web Design Standards

Apr 12, 2017 |

As mentioned in our recent Q&A with the team at NASA, the U.S. Web Design Standards team is sitting down with various agencies that are using the Standards. In this second post in our series, we met with the team at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and learned how they used the Standards to Read »

Color in Digital Design

Apr 4, 2017 |

How do we choose color in digital design? In print, we have the Pantone fan and what you see is what you get — as long as your printer is color calibrated. With computer monitors, one does not get such precision, even within one office. So how much time and effort do you spend on color selection? Read »

Engineering the Chaski Relay: A Touchscreen Game at the National Museum of the American Indian

Mar 31, 2017 |

On visiting The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, it is impossible not be taken by the sheer scale of the Inka Road. Qhapaq Ñan, or the Road of the Inka, is a 25,000-mile long road system that fed the rapid expansion of the Inka Read »

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