Websites

The Federal Tech Bills that Moved as Funding Legislation Stalled

New laws call on Homeland Security to consolidate its data and force agencies to improve their websites.

USASpending.gov Needs Better Search and Better Data, Watchdog Says

The transparency site does not provide as much government spending data as it should, GAO said.

Congress Votes For Better Government Websites, Digital Services

The Senate passed the 21st Century IDEA Act, giving agencies one year to improve citizens’ digital experiences.

As Shutdown Looms, House Votes to Empower Federal CIO, Improve Agency Services

And lawmakers have some questions about Amazon’s facial recognition software.

House Passes Bill to Improve Government’s Digital Services

The IDEA Act would require agencies to upgrade their websites to meet basic security and usability standards, but lawmakers did make some changes.

After Listening to Veterans, VA Put All Its Services on One Website

In the future, officials hope to eliminate most—if not all—of the paperwork and other bureaucratic barriers that prevent veterans from accessing the benefits they’ve earned.

Boring Details Make Effective Legislation

In a perfect world, you’d see the addition of mandates come with some much-needed subtraction as well.

Report: Agencies Still Don't Write In Understandable Language

Employee turnover could be one of the reasons for an increase in jargon on agency websites.

DHS Digital Service is Taking Paper Out of the Immigration Process

The Digital Service works side by side with agency employees to tackle some of their most backlogged processes.

House Oversight Forwards Bills to Improve Gov Websites, Formalize CIO and CISO Roles

The 21st Century Idea Act would mandate dot-gov improvements including allowing e-signatures for citizen services.

Symantec Fighting Copycat Election Websites

The company wants to catch fake websites before they make off with your personal information.

USDA Wants One Hub to Connect Agency Leaders to Every Employee

The agency wants to pull disparate intranets together and allow two-way communications with employees.

Hackers Target Marines for Pentagon's Latest Bug Bounty

“Hack the Marine Corps” kicked off with a live-hacking event in Las Vegas.

FCC IG Says the Alleged Net Neutrality DDoS Attack Never Happened

An internal investigation found the agency’s commenting system was knocked offline by “system design issues” and “‘flash crowd’ activity,” not hackers.

Wikipedia, the Last Bastion of Shared Reality

The culture wars are coming for the best utopian project of the early internet. Can it survive the informational anarchy that’s disrupted the rest of media?