The General Services Administration Nov. 16 launched a refreshed website that the agency says is more user friendly and compatible with mobile devices.
The Treasury Department Nov. 10 unveiled an open beta version of its USASpending.gov site, which serves as the government's hub for federal spending data.
On Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department unveiled vets.gov, a new website the department hopes will serve as a one-stop shop for veteran services. The website was launched in "beta," meaning additional capabilities and improvements are expected in the coming months.
Government agencies or other interested organizations can now pull grant information from the National Institutes of Health directly into their online content, while maintaining the look and feel of their website or mobile application.
Easy-to-share web addresses – sometimes called shortcut, vanity or marketing URLs – should be created by agency web managers in a specific format for very specific purposes, according to a Nov. 28 post on the General Services Administration's DigitalGov Blog.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation plans to relaunch its public-facing website, according to a June 20 presolicitation notice from the Justice Department. "The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a requirement for information technology services for Internet web presence software applications, content management, content delivery and technology environments," says the post.
A newly updated federal guide to using Google Analytics to understand web traffic has added information on visitor demographics, real-time tracking and more.
Recalls.gov has design flaws that make it difficult to use, a review of the site by the Center for Effective Government says. The page for recent recalls, for example, is divided into sections for nine different categories such as motor vehicles, meats and boats. Each occupies a small square with its own scroll bar to navigate a thin column that includes details about the recalls.
As the federal government reopened Oct. 17, agency and department websites went back online and new media and public affairs officials took to social media to announce their return.
Insufficient funds for the new fiscal year caused the much of the federal government to close on Oct. 1. In addition to somewhere between one-third and half of federal employees being furloughed, many federal websites are also on a hiatus. The response from federal web managers, however, appears inconsistent.