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Plain Language

2022 Federal Plain Language Summit

Join the best and brightest plain language practitioners from across the federal government.

Hosted by and the Plain Language Community of Practice

Aug 24 Register
USWDS Inclusive Design Patterns

USWDS Monthly Call - August 2022

Join us to learn more about design patterns and how they fit into the design system.

Hosted by and the U.S. Web Design System

Aug 18 Register

Community Research Explores Ways To Improve Access To Multilingual Content

A group from the Multilingual Community noticed inconsistencies in access to languages other than English across government websites, and have started working on a solution.
Aug 09, 2022
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White House & GSA Celebrate Record Years in Prize Competitions, Citizen Science Efforts—On July 20, GSA’s Open Innovation Program and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) co-hosted the Open Innovation Forum in partnership with The event was themed around building equitable partnerships and it celebrated OSTP’s biennial report to Congress that covers the federal government’s prize competitions, crowdsourcing and citizen science initiatives in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. — via General Services Administration

Aug 03, 2022


Senior Executives Part 2: Work Outside the Traditional Hierarchy To Set up an Initiative for Success—In order to ultimately succeed at delivering human-centered software, two critical groups need to work closely together: the product team and a champions group. This is part two in a series on how senior executives and tech teams can be better allies. — via 18F

Aug 02, 2022

Webinar Recap: How to Build Your Digital Dream Team

Highlights from the Web Managers Community of Practice panel that shared how to get the right team in place to create a trusted, seamless online experience for all your customers.
Aug 01, 2022
Federal Communicators Network

How Effective Is Your Communication?

Join us to learn about best practices for measuring communication and outreach efforts.
Jul 26, 2022

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Partner Toolkit

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the need for governments, states, territories, tribes, crisis centers, and partners to speak with one voice to ensure there is a clear understanding about what 988 is and how it will work. We encourage you to use these communication outreach materials and build upon them with your community coalitions to meet the needs of your specific audiences.
Jul 22, 2022
Open Innovation

White House and GSA Open Innovation Forum: Building Equitable Partnerships

Celebrating OSTP’s biennial report to Congress on Implementation of Federal Prizes and Citizen Science Authority, Fiscal Years 2019 - 2020, and the role of community partnerships in the federal open innovation landscape.
Jul 20, 2022

Senior Executives Are the Allies Tech Teams Need, Part 1—Successfully delivering software in government requires people to work differently. Without clear answers for how to do this, well-intentioned executives and teams default to existing processes that risk undermining their own success. This is part one in a series on how to evolve that relationship. — via 18F

Jul 20, 2022

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What Agile Looks Like at the Office of Natural Resources Revenue—Agile at the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) started with 18F. They reflect on where they are today, five years later. — via DOI Revenue Data

Jul 14, 2022

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Help Us Improve Digital Forms—People in the U.S. spend over 10 billion hours each year completing government forms. The Office of Evaluation Sciences is working to reduce this burden and make digital forms easier and more accessible. You can help by filling out a short typical form. It will take less than five minutes! — via General Services Administration

Jul 14, 2022


Content Design for Writing for Action and Flexibility—18F worked with a team at the Department of Justice to redesign They helped them launch, and designed new content for some of the most sought-after ADA topics. — via 18F

Jul 13, 2022

Plain Language

Increase Your Impact With Plain Language

Get tips and lessons learned from the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division on using plain language to increase their impact and influence.
Jul 13, 2022
Veterans Affairs

An Accidental AI Professional

This feature on Agata Ciesielski, a fellow in the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship (PIF) Program, highlights the opportunities provided by the program to work on big impact inter-agency problems, such as elevating artificial intelligence solutions.
Jul 06, 2022

Penetration Test Guidance Updates—These updates were made to address the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape. Revisions include updated guidance around existing and new threats as well as addressing attack vectors so they’re in alignment with current best practices. Learn about the four initiatives included in the revision process, and download the new June 2022 PDF. — via FedRAMP

Jul 05, 2022

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Announcing the CX Maturity Model—A recent executive order on improving customer experience and service delivery holds 17 agencies accountable for 36 specific commitments, but it is a call to action for the entire federal government. The Customer Experience Center of Excellence (CX CoE) has created a Maturity Model, a framework to help organizations transform their federal service delivery. It is designed to provide organizations with a deeper understanding of how to measure their maturity level, and tactics to get to the next level. Although the CX Maturity Model does not represent or constitute official guidance, it can help you take your organization’s CX Maturity to the next level. Tailor the model to meet your agency’s specific needs. — via The Centers of Excellence

Jun 30, 2022

Five Procurement Strategies for Diverse Digital Services

Modern digital services require a close connection between federal agencies and contractors, as well as customers and other stakeholders. Use these five practical tips to attract and empower contractors who value diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
Jun 30, 2022
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C-SCRM Acquisition Community of Practice (ACoP) Interact Site—Since the launch of the Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management (C-SCRM) Acquisition Community of Practice (ACoP), GSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have been co-leading an effort to broaden the level of awareness and develop agency maturity in the areas of acquisitions, supply chain risk management, and cybersecurity across the federal government for information communication technology and services (ICTS). To increase C-SCRM awareness and adoption government-wide, the C-SCRM ACoP launched an online collaborative space for the federal government’s IT community and industry to share best practices, ideas, guidance, tools, and expertise needed to implement C-SCRM requirements. Working together as a community and sharing information will help us improve our cybersecurity posture across all levels of government. — via General Services Administration

Jun 30, 2022

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What is Customer Experience?—With the new Executive Order on Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government (Executive Order 14058), customer experience (CX) has become a buzzword in the federal government. Let’s take a look at what it is. — via DOI Revenue Data

Jun 21, 2022