GSA sponsors online dialogue for feedback about USA.gov

More than 850 visitors have submitted suggestions for improving federal government's official Web portal

The public has 10 more days to submit ideas on improving the USA.gov Web site via an online dialogue hosted by the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services.

Hundreds of visitors have viewed or posted online comments in the Your Voice Matters dialogue in sections headed “What do you think of USA.gov?” and “Would you use a personal account on USA.gov?” among others. As of today, the first question had drawn 850 visitors and the second, 62 visitors.

Many of the respondents have offered detailed comments, such as suggesting a single portal for all government information or improved access for people with disabilities. Other visitors are from other countries, including Iran, Kenya and Australia.

“Now, with this online dialogue tool, the public can more fully participate in USA.gov's re-design and development that will allow GSA’s Office of Citizen Services to better shape the Website in response to posted ideas and comments,” David McClure, associate administrator for citizen services and communications at the GSA, said in a statement posted on the White House blog today.

The dialogue is meant to support the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative to foster greater transparency and accountability in government, McClure said. Last month, President Obama also released an Open Government Directive.

The comment period expires Jan. 15

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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