Websites

Where Everyone Goes When the Internet Breaks

Downdetector is a simple, ugly utility, which becomes a weird little life raft for displaced communities when their websites crash.

Data Center Issue Prompts GAO to Revert Redesigned Website Back to an Old Version

The new site’s host company, Contegix, is still working to resolve the technical difficulties, a GAO official said.

GAO Launches Upgraded, Mobile-Friendly Website

Agency officials hope it’ll increase users’ access to the watchdog’s work.

Federal Contracting Community Shreds FBO Replacement Site in Letter to GSA

“If this had the same notoriety as Healthcare.gov, people would have been fired.”

Astroturfing Is Bad But It's Not the Whole Problem

The shift to a digital process has made commenting easier yet also inadvertently opened the floodgates to voluminous, duplicative and, yes, even “fake” comments.

Procurement Reporting Tool Is Moving to SAM But FPDS.gov Isn’t Going Anywhere

GSA is moving the central reporting function of the Federal Procurement Data System to beta.SAM while Treasury works to improve the quality of data reported through the site.

Federal Contract Award Data from FPDS Will Be on SAM Before Spring

With the FedBizOpps transition done, the Federal Procurement Data System reporting tool—one of the main functions of the website—will be the next to migrate to GSA’s central contracting site.

GSA Publishes Web Standards for Year-Old Digital Services Law

The website design standards pull together existing guidance for complying with the 21st Century IDEA Act, which requires all digital services to have a base level of quality and accessibility.

IRS Reforms Free File Program, Drops Agreement Not to Compete With TurboTax

The changes come after ProPublica’s reporting showed how TurboTax maker Intuit tricked customers into paying for tax prep they could have gotten for free.

'Dark Patterns' Trick You into Spending More Online

There's a reason a website tells you how many other shoppers are looking at the same item you are.

New Functionality on the Way for FedBizOpps Replacement

The team managing the transition from FedBizOpps to SAM.gov says it plans to restore key capabilities, such as email alerts.

Users Had to Wait a Little Longer for GSA’s FedBizOpps Replacement

FedBizOpps migrated to SAM.gov Contract Opportunities over the weekend but a slow site and data migration issues made for some disgruntled users.

Digital First

Federal agencies are ditching paper processes to better serve citizens—and each other.