The new Federal Register: 'USA.gov meets USA Today'

The new Federal Register: 'USA.gov meets USA Today'

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Fbdisplay The Open Government Initiative has a lot to do with telling people what's going on in Washington, and providing way better return for the taxpayer dollar.

One next step is the Federal Register 2.0, a site which communicates what's going on in ways that make for a more natural read. They say it's like USA.gov meets USAToday.com

Ed O'Keefe at the Washington Post says it well:

The site will divide the thousands of federal rules and regs into six
main categories: Money, Environment, World, Science & Technology,
Business & Industry and Health & Public Welfare. (They plan to
add other sections later with the help of crowdsourcing
and user feedback.) Though users will still be able to search for daily
updates by agency or topics and with a table of contents, Register
employees will become defacto news editors by choosing which new rules,
regulations and requests for public comment to highlight on the home
page based on the day's news and issues trending high on the Web or in
Washington discourse.

They need your feedback in a big way, check out the Feedback tab on the upper right hand side!

The way the site was done represents better practices in Washington, specifically, public/private partnership. The Fed Register people worked with Sunlight Foundation and their Apps for America 2 contest to find people who wanted to help design the site.

Disclaimer: I'm on the board of Sunlight, which is for-real the leader in government accountability and transparency.

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Kansas City Real Estate

I like the idea of the site. I didn't see interpretations or opinions like I expected. Not sure I would put in the same class as USA Today after viewing once. Maybe over time.

tera gold

The way the site was done represents better practices in Washington, Not sure I would put in the same class as USA Today after viewing once.

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