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How do you make sure a website is accessible? This blog post outlines the four steps the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR - pronounced like "honor") at the U.S. Department of the Interior took to verify accessibility. — via DOI Revenue Data

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Nov 21, 2022

Inclusive Design Patterns Research Report

The U.S. Web Design System (USWDS) is excited to provide a new library of guidance and examples focused on key digital interactions — what we call design patterns — that foster effective, inclusive, and equitable digital experiences. This online report has four pages; Summary, Findings, What’s Next, and Get Involved. It also links to the new patterns section, where you can learn how to help your users complete a complex form, identify and select a preferred language, or create a user profile. — via U.S. Web Design System

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Nov 16, 2022

Sunsetting Final User Statistics

The digital landscape has changed significantly since we launched the service in 2009. Over the last two years the team looked carefully at the program holistically, taking into consideration the future of the program, the current landscape related to using shortened URLs and alignment with strategic business goals. In early 2022 we made the difficult decision to initiate steps to sunset the service. — via logo

Nov 15, 2022

10X: A Home for Federal Innovators

10x funds ideas by federal employees on a wide range of topics related to government technology. This year, 10x is particularly interested in funding ideas that align with two themes: Digital Foundations, and Equity in Delivery. Are you the go-to person for ideas on your team? Are you the one who finds creative ways to solve problems? Do you see opportunities where others see challenges? Submit an idea—just 1 to 3 sentences—by November 30. — via General Services Administration

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Nov 07, 2022

Putting People at the Center of Digital Government

USAGov and USAGov en Español are working to reimagine the way we provide government information and services to the public. The USAGov team is an example of how GSA’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS) is aligning and living up to the challenges outlined in the President’s Management Agenda. The focus in 2022 has been on centering the work around the people we serve. — via General Services Administration

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Oct 31, 2022

Incorporating Evaluation into Digital Forms

The American public spends approximately 11.5 billion hours per year filling out federal government forms. Form complexity can result in lack of submission or completion, and errors on forms can cause processing delays and affect whether the form is accepted — which can have far-reaching consequences. Learn how Five GSA offices and the American public worked together to improve federal forms. — via General Services Administration

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Oct 24, 2022

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Outreach & Media Materials

Medicare Open Enrollment kicks off this Saturday, October 15 and runs through December 7. Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on social media to help spread the word! For suggested posts and shareable images, use their partner social media toolkit – available in both English and Spanish. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MedicareOE to engage with the conversation online.
Oct 14, 2022