[tabi] Fw: [VICUG-L] [acb-l] FW: [Acbny-l] Two-Week National Dialog on Improving FederalWebsites

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  • Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:48:10 -0400

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From: Meghan Schoeffling <meghans36@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Subject: [Acbny-l] Two-Week National Dialog on Improving Federal Websites
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:15:14 -0400

The federal government wants to re-invent how it delivers information and
services on-line, and we need your help.  We want to bring the best of the
web to the .gov domain.  So share your ideas to help us answer: What
practices, policies, and principles should guide federal websites. You can
submit ideas on any of the campaigns from 9/19-30, but we will also be
hosting one hour dialog-a-thons with our discussion catalysts on each
campaign. You can also follow comments about the dialogue on Twitter under
the hashtag #dotgov.

9/26 3-4 PM, Accessibility Dialog-A-Thon

We invite you to participate in the one-hour long, live "dialog-a-thon"
Universal Access to have a targeted, real-time conversation with a
mass of participants hosted by Sharron Rush.  If you are unable to join,
can still participate in the National Dialog for the full 2 weeks.  The
dialog-a-thon is a time we've devoted to specifically addressing ideas for
improving accessibility of federal websites.

Two-Week National Dialog on Improving Federal Websites

The National Dialog for Improving Federal Websites is sponsored by the
House and the U.S.  General Services Administration.  The dialog is a
part of the .gov Reform Initiative launched in June 2011, to streamline
we manage federal websites and provide a better customer experience when
people access government information and services online.  The online
conversation lasts from 9/19 to 9/30.

The online conversation features eight different discussion areas open
two weeks, including one on accessibility.  You will have the opportunity
submit and vote on ideas for improving how people access government
information and services online, with different devices and assistive
technology.  We hope this conversation will complement the ongoing work of
our group and other public discussions that have happened recently around

Please spread the word about the National Dialog to your networks,
and colleagues.  We're looking for a very broad and diverse set of ideas.

The 508 compliant IdeaScale platform is being used to host the Dialogue.
508 specialist has rigorously tested the platform; however, if you find
things that aren't accessible, please let us know and we'll work to

The purpose is to allow people to submit & vote on ideas for improving
various aspects of improving federal websites, such as: content, search,
usability, accessibility, social media, multilingual content, & 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, &
citizens' experience with federal websites.

We know there is a goldmine of good ideas from the 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.

You can also follow comments about the dialogue on Twitter under the

Many thanks for helping promote this.  We hope you can chime in to submit,
vote, and comment on ideas: http://web-reform-dialogue.ideascale.com/

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