The National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites

Join us in participating in an exciting initiative that starts Monday:

The National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites

The Dialogue is a nationwide, two-week online conversation with web experts and the public to generate ideas for re-inventing how the federal government delivers information and services online.  It’s part of the larger .gov Reform Initiative launched earlier this summer by the White House and the U.S. General Services Administration.

The dialogue will launch Monday, Sept. 19 at 2 pm ET and run until Friday, Sept. 30.  You’ll be able to access it at:

The purpose is to allow people to submit and vote on ideas for improving various aspects of improving federal websites, such as:  content, search, usability, accessibility, social media, multilingual content, and online services.   The .gov Task Force will review the ideas and consider them as they develop a National Web Strategy and make recommendations for
streamlining federal websites, strengthening federal web policy, and improving citizens’experience with federal websites.

We know there is a goldmine of good ideas from this community, so we hope — and expect — that you’ll actively participate in the discussion and share your expertise and knowledge.  We want to hear what’s working well, what can be improved, innovative ways to rethink the federal web, and specific examples you have from your industry or organization.

Annetta Cheek, board Chair of the Center for Plain Language, will be part of a group of web experts who have volunteered to serve as a discussion catalyst, to help spur the conversation. She’ll be engaging regularly in the discussion. We hope you will join her and other leading plain language expert by submitting your ideas and commenting on others.

You can also follow comments about the dialogue on Twitter using the hashtag

Please share this information with your own networks and encourage your
friends and colleagues to take part in this important conversation.

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