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Veterans Affairs Launches Blog, Mobile and More

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently relaunched their site  Returning Servicemembers for OEF/OIF veterans.  The new update is aimed at better connecting  with the younger demographic of returning soldiers.  The site features the VA’s first public-facing blog, a tag cloud of popular terms, and social networking links to the VA on Youtube, Facebook, and Secondlife.  The VA also now has a mobile site at m.va.gov with news, videos, facilty locations, contact info and more. 

Check out the new updates!

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Government Gadget Gallery

USA.gov has put together the Government Gadget Gallery, a collection of gadgets (or widgets) from around the federal government, to embed into your blog, homepage, email and more.

The gallery went live in December with a small number of gadgets.  The categories currently available are:

What gadgets would you like to see added to the gallery?govgabwidget
View the complete list here and check back often for  updates.

Center for Disease Control Mobile Update

CDC’s mobile site, m.cdc.gov, now includes updated content, including Winter Weather Safety and CDC Features, which covers a variety of health and safety topics to be updated weekly.

Public Beta of New GPO System Open for Testing

The US Government Printing Office (GPO) has opened the beta version of its new FDsys system for testing by the public.   FDsys is short for Federal Digital System, the planned replacement for GPO Access.   FDsys provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes.

  • It will contain information gathered through three methods:
  • Files submitted by Congress and Federal agencies;
  • Information gathered from Federal agencies’ web sites (often referred to as “harvesting” information);
  • Digital files created by scanning previously printed publications.

Some of the main functions of the system include:

  • Publishing — The U.S. Congress and Federal agencies will be able to submit files and orders electronically to GPO for printing and publishing services, electronic distribution, and inclusion in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP);
  • Searching for information — Government information will reach a wider audience by providing authentic; published Government information to the public through an internet based system;
  • Preserving information — The preservation function of FDsys will ensure public access to government information even as technology changes;
  • Version control — Multiple versions of published information are common;  FDsys will provide version control for government information.

To use the public beta, go to http://fdsys.gpo.gov/.

Government 2.0 Panel Discussion

On January 14th, Steve Raddick will be moderating a Government 2.0 panel discussion at the next Social Media Club of DC meeting.  The panel participants include some of the DC-area’s top Government 2.0 insiders – Chris Dorobek, Steve Field and Mark Drapeau.  They’ll discuss the overall government strategy and what the potential roadmap for 2009 looks like, how government agencies and contractors have collaborated so far, what works and what doesn’t, how to harness the collective intelligence of people to contribute to government, and what’s next in the relationship between social media and government.   If you’re interested in attending, make sure you RSVP!

BlogPotomac 2009 to Feature Great Minds

BlogPotomac 2009 will be held on the second Friday of June this year (June 12) at the State Theatre.  Like last year, 2009’s line-up features seven sessions from some of the sharpest minds in the business including this year’s keynote Shel Holtz ace Political Blogger Shireen Mitchell on Government 2.0 and political blogging.

What Makes Government 2.0 Different from Enterprise 2.0?

What makes implementing social media on the intranet of a government agency like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) different than say, General Motors (GM)?  There are several fundamental differences between implementing social media behind the firewall in the government as opposed to a Fortune 500 company.  Read the top six reasons listed by Steve Radick at Social Media Strategery.


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