Best Week Ever in #SocialGov: 2

Sep 30, 2013 |

(This is the second installment of an ongoing series charting the programs, events and people that make the emerging field of social media and data in government From where I sit, I think we just had a great week in #socialgov. From a sold-out international forum that demonstrated how we can use free tools to Read »

Looking at User Experience through Two Lenses

Aug 30, 2013 |

Usability and accessibility are slightly different lenses to assess user experience. It is possible to be strong in one area and weak in the other. Using either approach alone could result in an inaccurate view of your site’s user experience. Evaluating your website with both usability and accessibility in mind gives all users the best Read »

Embracing Responsive Design

Aug 20, 2013 |

See how a shift in consumer behavior during the last few years lead to the responsive redesign of and Read »

Making Multimedia Section 508 Compliant and Accessible

Jun 26, 2013 |

You’ve seen videos, podcasts, and audio files on your favorite sites—whether they’re government, private sector, or entertainment sites. These are often viral media: media clips that are wildly popular, are shared through blogs or e–mail, produce chatter on the web, and increase traffic to websites. Some government agencies are using this phenomenon, by participating in Read »

5 Myths About Social Media Accessibility

Jun 26, 2013 |

Guest post by Mario Damiani, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor. ODEP spearheads the Social Media Accessibility Working Group within the Federal Social Media Community of Practice. The working group recently released a toolkit for agencies to make their content more accessible for citizens with disabilities, including recommendations from agencies Read »

Make Mobile Gov with the Mobile Application Development Program

May 23, 2013 |

Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device. The 21st century imperative to deliver government information and services to the public anytime, anywhere and on any device makes mobile a critical tactic in the federal Digital Government Strategy. Read »

Accessibility Editorial Guidelines for YouTube

Aug 1, 2012 |

USAGov and USAGov en Español (formerly known as use social media to make government information easy for people to find, access, and use. Among the essential tools we use are videos, which we host on and’s YouTube channels. Read »

Government Video: Laws you need to follow

Jul 11, 2012 |

Government videos need to follow two main laws: People with disabilities must be able to fully experience them, and They must adhere to privacy laws 1. Making Video Accessible for People with Disabilities (Section 508) Federal employees are required by law (Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) to make the materials they create Read »