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The National Language Service Corps Can Fulfill Your Translation Needs

An increase in demand for multilingual digital content, shrinking budgets, and rising translation costs have impacted federal agencies trying to offer information and services in languages other than English. Learn how the National Service Language Corps (NLSC) can help.
Nov 12, 2019

Basics of Scrum, Part I

with Alan Atlas and Alan Brouilette
Nov 08, 2019

Happy 3rd Birthday, Code.Gov! What We’ve Learned Three Years In

As begins our third trip around the sun, we want to take a look at where we’ve been, where we’re going in the world of open source, and the implementation of the federal source code.
Nov 07, 2019

Foundations of Agile, Part II

with Alan Atlas and Alan Brouilette
Nov 05, 2019

Foundations of Agile, Part I

with Alan Atlas and Alan Brouilette
Nov 04, 2019
This Week's IDEA

Let’s Talk 21st Century IDEA

We are starting a new blog post series on 21st Century IDEA that’ll break down one essential topic and point to guidance to start running with it.
Nov 04, 2019

Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series Episode 6: The FedRAMP Ideation

Betsy Steele, of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) team, shares how a crowdsourcing initiative invited the larger cybersecurity community to help inform the next iteration of government’s cloud security authorization program.
Oct 30, 2019

18F is kicking off a new series on building product management capacity in government agencies that explores the process of helping people in government transition into product management roles through experiential learning. — via 18F

Oct 24, 2019


DAP Learning Series: A Deep Dive Into Behavior Reports

A deep dive into behavior reporting to help DAP users understand how to use it and what are the pitfalls.
Oct 23, 2019

October DevOps Community Meeting

An overview of multiple Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools followed by a deep-dive on how to setup a Gitlab Runner to perform GitOps functions including IaC deployments against multiple AWS environments.
Oct 22, 2019

U.S. Web Design System: October Monthly Call

Join Dan Williams, U.S. Web Design System (USWDS) product lead, in our monthly call as he walks through the design system and answers your questions.
Oct 17, 2019

SocialGov Fall Meeting - Podcasting!

Join the minds behind four top federal podcasts to learn how to create, produce, and promote professional podcasts that engage with audiences.
Oct 17, 2019

Study Design: Developing a Citizen Science Project that Delivers Results

Prior to developing a community-based data collection program, it is essential to think through the scientific process and the steps necessary to create a program where the data collected match your monitoring objectives and data use goals.
Oct 16, 2019

Using Neural Machine Translation for Multilingual Communication

With the sharp improvement in machine translation quality, the variety of government use cases for this technology has evolved.
Oct 15, 2019

A New Version of the FRB’s Money Adventure App Helps Expand Digital Outreach

The Android version of the Federal Reserve Board’s first public mobile app, Money Adventure, is now available. See how market research led to its development, and how it differs from the iOS version.
Oct 10, 2019
The Guide to the Paperwork Reduction Actlogo

This week, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), clarified the process for information collections associated with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). These changes include an easy to understand chart that lays out the steps for this sometimes hard to understand process, and are a direct result of the feedback they’ve been getting from the community. — via The Guide to the Paperwork Reduction Act

Oct 09, 2019

U.S. Web Design Systemlogo

Are you and your team working with the U.S. Web Design System on your site, or have plans to start using it? The USWDS team has a public Slack channel where you can meet other government engineers, content specialists, and designers who are working with the USWDS to build accessible, mobile-friendly websites. — via U.S. Web Design System

Oct 08, 2019


The team at USAGov analyzed more than 13,000 chats and phone calls from the public, in both English and Spanish, and then tagged these inquiries by popular topic area. These are the top questions our government-wide contact center received over the last four months. — via

Oct 08, 2019


SocialGov Talks: Leveraging Pop Culture With Paul Lester of the DOE

Learn from a social media expert at Department of Energy how to use pop culture references as a jumping off point to talk about your agency’s work.
Sep 26, 2019
Learning Series

DAP Learning Series: A Deep Dive Into Acquisition Reports

In this webinar, we’ll review the acquisition reporting section in-depth, and discuss usefulness of reports and where there may be gaps in data.
Sep 25, 2019