News and Updates

Innovative work, news and ideas from people and teams in government

FAR Updated To Add Revised Section 508 Standards for Information and Communication Technology—On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board issued a final rule (the Revised 508 Standards) that updated accessibility requirements covered by Section 508 for Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Read more about the final FAR rule update and changes effective as of September 10, 2021. — via

Nov 02, 2021

Professional Development

Start Your Tech Career in Government as a U.S. Digital Corps Fellow

Applications for the first cohort of U.S. Digital Corps Fellows will open on Monday, November 8th.
Nov 01, 2021

Prioritizing Equity in Government-Led Innovation Programs

For the second year, college and university students are leveraging the TOP model from Census to build hands-on skills and address some of our nation’s most pressing challenges.
Oct 25, 2021

From Silicon Valley to GovTech: How a Data Scientist Turned Their Passion for Helping People Into a Career in Public Service

Many opportunities are available for technologists to make an impact in public service. See how Avena Cheng, a data scientist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), turned a passion for improving people’s lives into a govtech career.
Oct 25, 2021

The Weekly Ship: What It Is, Why It’s Useful, and How To Create Your Own—The weekly ship has been a staple of 18F projects for years. It is a way to engage partners, inform teammates, and reflect on our work. — via 18F

Oct 21, 2021


Navigating ATOs—Authority to Operate (ATO) processes work differently at different federal agencies. As a technology and design consultancy inside the United States government, 18F has worked on ATOs at many of them. We are still learning and experimenting, but there are definite patterns we have seen work well across multiple agencies. — via 18F

Oct 19, 2021

Open Data

Census-Led Prize Challenge Incentivizes Using Open Data for Good

The Open Data for Good Grand Challenge is now welcoming submissions from technologists and collaborators focused on deploying products with federal open data, as well as recruiting for qualified judges to score the submissions and help select winners!
Oct 08, 2021
Civic Tech

Building a Tech Career in Government

Starting a civic tech career in government is not as unusual as you think. Current GSA employees share how they are building theirs.
Oct 07, 2021

USAGov en Español Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Since 2003, one program in GSA’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS) has been leading the way in which the government serves the Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. That program is USAGov en Español, the official guide to government information and services in Spanish.
Oct 06, 2021

Digital Meets Culture: Getting Your Culture in Line With Your Digital Strategy

A recap of the July 15, 2021 event hosted by the Web Managers Community.
Sep 28, 2021

Spotlight Chat: Planning a Federal Prize Competition

Recap of a Spotlight Chat event with members of the Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition.
Sep 02, 2021
User Experience

Building a Bureau-Wide Usability Collaboration Group: Lessons Learned from the U.S. Geological Survey

Learn about the U.S. Geological Survey’s Usability Collaboration Area in this short interview with the group’s organizer.
Sep 01, 2021
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Introducing the U.S. Digital Corps—GSA, with the White House, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has launched the U.S. Digital Corps, a new two-year fellowship offering a new path to public service for early-career technologists. To build a highly-skilled U.S. Digital Corps that represents the diversity of the United States, the U.S. Digital Corps will recruit passionate, mission-driven technologists from undergraduate programs as well as alternative training pathways such as apprenticeships, bootcamps, and certificate programs. — via General Services Administration

Aug 30, 2021

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GSA Future Focus: IT Innovation—Federal IT innovation programs can improve mission effectiveness and also reduce long-term risk and cost. In this month’s post from the Emerging Technology Office at GSA, learn more about creating a successful IT innovation program for your agency. — via General Services Administration

Aug 19, 2021

Social Media

Key Insights from the White House Director of Digital Strategy, Robert Flaherty

An inside look at how the White House is thinking about digital strategy.
Aug 18, 2021
Robotic Process Automation

5 Tips for Implementing Citizen Development in Your RPA Program

Guidance and best practices for federal robotic process automation programs looking to operationalize citizen developers
Aug 16, 2021

Involving End Users at All Stages To Create Actionable Science Products for Complex, Real-World Issues

How co-production methods increase the usefulness of scientific results, products, and tools
Aug 13, 2021
User Experience

A User-Centered Approach: Simplicity and Complexity in a Homepage Graphic

A User-Centered Approach: Simplicity and Complexity in a Homepage Graphic—UX interns go through the redesign and testing process of a homepage graphic to communicate the scope the site.
Aug 12, 2021

3 Health-Tech Tips From the Team Behind VA’s COVID-19 Clinical Decision Tool

Presidential Innovation Fellow Kaeli Yuen shares tips for developing clinician- and patient-centered healthcare tools.
Aug 12, 2021

6 Ways Translation Glossaries Help Agencies Succeed In Sharing Information

Learn how multilingual glossaries set your content translations up for success by maintaining consistency​ and lightening the workload for future translations.
Jul 27, 2021