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GSA redesigns .gov sites with mobile in mind

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GSA has redesigned the electronic public faces of the government with an eye toward  improving mobile access.

USA.gov and its Spanish-language version, GobiernoUSA.gov, are the federal government’s two Web portals that aggregate links to government services, jobs and information at federal, state, local and tribal agencies.

In a Web post, a spokesman for GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies said the use of responsive design for both sites will improve access to government services and information from any device, including smartphones and tablets. Although the primary target audience of USA.gov is the American public, about 10 percent of its users come from other countries, according to Web information company Alexa.

The redesign brings the public sites in line with the White House’s Digital Government Strategy, which seeks to upgrade all the federal government’s public-facing websites. The new design also adheres to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which ensures access to government information for people with disabilities, the Web post states.

Responsive design could also save money because content is developed once for display on all devices, though the post did not elaborate on specific savings.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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