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Three tips for using meta descriptions

At USA.gov and USAGov en Español, we’re always striving to make our content more useful to the public. Meta descriptions are one way we help people quickly find the government information they’re looking for.

June 04, 2024 Read More

Topics: Content, User Experience and Accessibility, USAGov

One year with the new USAGov

It’s been a year since we launched reimagined versions of USA.gov and USAGov en Español based on human-centered design (HCD) principles. Last year, we shared posts highlighting how we used those principles to shift our approaches to content development, user experience, and analytics.

May 14, 2024 Read More

Topics: Content, Design and Development, Performance and Analytics, USAGov

Creating a blueprint for quality: how the PX Contact Center helps agents grow their skills

At the Public Experience (PX) Contact Center, we recognize the important role of quality in shaping customer interactions. When people call and chat with us, they expect clear, reliable information about government benefits and services. Learn how we work with our contractor to deliver exceptional service to the people who get in touch with the USAGov program and pick up some tips for your program’s contact center.

April 23, 2024 Read More

Topics: Performance and Analytics, USAGov, PX Contact Center

How USAGov uses data to improve content

Each month USAGov’s content designers spend many hours ensuring that the content on USA.gov and USAGov en Español is up-to-date, accurate, and meeting user needs. We do holistic reviews of each topic section based on a rolling calendar with the goal of updating all content at least every 6 months

March 26, 2024 Read More

Topics: Content, USAGov

How Search.gov helped agency websites improve people’s search experience in 2023

Search.gov connects the public with easy access to the government information and services they need, creating a unified search experience across over one-third of federal domains. Our program’s core mission and goals are the same every year, but how did the way people interact with government search change in 2023? 

March 14, 2024 Read More

Topics: User Experience and Accessibility, Performance and Analytics, Search.gov

Partner with USAGov to share your agency’s scam and fraud tips this March in X (Twitter) chats

Every year, during the first week of March, government agencies join forces to share consumer safety and scam prevention tips during National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW)

This year, USAGov will lead conversations on X (formerly Twitter) to connect people to actionable tips and resources from across the government. If you’re part of a government agency, we invite you to take part in this year’s English and Spanish language chats on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 1 PM and 3 PM ET, respectively.

February 20, 2024 Read More

Topics: Marketing, Multilingual, USAGov

Getting the word out about voter registration: Vote.gov’s first social media takeover with USAGov

Last fall, vote.gov and the USAGov program partnered on our first “social media takeover” for a day-long campaign encouraging people to register to vote. As key players connecting people to official government information and services, we rooted this effort in our mutual messaging and goals to help guide the public.

February 06, 2024 Read More

Topics: Marketing, User Experience and Accessibility, USAGov, Vote.gov

Designing with empathy

Empathy was one of the guiding principles we used when we created the new version of USAGov’s benefit finder. We believe that in addition to being a critical component of human-centered design, empathy is essential for our product. People who are applying for federal benefits may be going through a difficult life situation. If we can’t empathize and fail to offer a product that understands and meets people where they are, we might lose the opportunity to provide the practical support they need. 

January 25, 2024 Read More

Topics: User Experience and Accessibility, Design and Development, USAGov

Accessibility testing: creating digital services everyone can use

Making sure USA.gov and USAGov en Español remain accessible to people with disabilities is essential. So accessibility testing is a regular part of our development process.

January 09, 2024 Read More

Topics: User Experience and Accessibility, Design and Development, USAGov

Less is more: improving the public’s web search experience with filters

Most people have probably used search filters on e-commerce sites to select different options to narrow down search results. Now Search.gov is offering the same flexibility to federal websites, giving their users control over the amount of detail they get in their search results.

December 12, 2023 Read More

Topics: User Experience and Accessibility, Search.gov

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USAGov, Search.gov and Vote.gov work to make it easier for people to find information from their government about the services they need. Follow our journey and help us learn as we go. 

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