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Topic: Content

USAGov: Always Evolving, Always Connecting People With Their Government

For nearly 50 years, USAGov has been working to serve every person and every government agency. Our history has been full of change, and never static as we improve people’s lives by connecting them with the government services and information they need.

July 10, 2019 Read More

Topics: Marketing, Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Design and Development, Performance and Analytics, Multilingual

Asking More About Our Email Audience: 2018 Survey Project Process - Part 1

One of the 2018 goals for our email outreach efforts was to learn more about our audience. Though in the past we had performed different exercises to do so -- email-level data analysis, content testing, and persona development to name a few -- we decided nothing beats being able to ask questions directly to our subscribers.

June 28, 2019 Read More

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

Our First Round of Updates to the USAGov Chatbot

One of our core principles behind the USAGov chatbot is consistent, iterative improvements. We recently released our newest batch of small changes and wanted to share them with you.

May 14, 2019 Read More

Topics: Content, User Experience and Accessibility

Researching and Implementing Sticky Navigation in USAGov

USAGov and USAGov en Español offer a wide range of government information and services organized by topics to make it easy for people to find what they’re looking for. But navigating through different sections within our sites could be challenging and overwhelming for our visitors, especially first-time users.

May 03, 2019 Read More

Topics: Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Performance and Analytics

Breaking into Artificial Intelligence: Meet Our USAGov ChatBot!

We’ve wanted to try out artificial intelligence (AI) for a few years. We get tons of questions from the public, and wanted to see if automation could help us answer them quicker. We also knew that scams are one of the top tasks for our website and contact center audiences. In late 2018, we blended our exploration of AI and expertise in scams to launch our chatbot.

April 03, 2019 Read More

Topics: Content, User Experience and Accessibility

Celebrating Our “Quinceañero”

After 15 years, GobiernoUSA.gov, the trusted source of government information in Spanish, begins a new era. As part of our fifteen year celebration, we are announcing our new name: USAGov en Español.

November 27, 2018 Read More

Topics: Marketing, Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Design and Development, Multilingual

Recent Grads Talk Takeaways on USAGov Rotation

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) at GSA is a two-year Pathways program for recent graduates to transition from college to a career in government. Each participant rotates through up to seven different offices within the agency, working closely with team members and learning about the work before being permanently placed. The program offers networking opportunities, in-depth trainings on technical and leadership skills, and previews a variety of career tracks.

August 30, 2018 Read More

Topics: Marketing, Content, User Experience and Accessibility, Performance and Analytics

How We Created Our Disability Section Pt. 1

Creating a single piece of content is one thing, but creating a whole new section for our website is quite another endeavor — especially when it needs to address a gap in government information. It takes time and resources to produce the content, test the sections, and build the infrastructure. This blog post is the first in a series about that process.

July 25, 2018 Read More

Topics: Content

4 Things We've Learned From Piloting Our Content Efficiency KPI

In the last quarter, the KPI trended upward. Here are some things the KPI helped us analyze in the last several months.

July 13, 2018 Read More

Topics: Content

Researching to Better Understand Our Print Publication Audience

The Consumer Action Handbook (Handbook) and its Spanish counterpart,the Guía del Consumidor (Guía), have been mainstays of USAGov since the 1990s. However, life as a consumer has changed drastically since these books began. To understand the changing consumer landscape, a cross-functional group from USAGov conducted a study of the scope of these publications. We wanted to answer several questions:

May 02, 2018 Read More

Topics: Content

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