What’s Your Favorite .GOV website?

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  • #106943

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    A webmaster who was looking for ideas asked me the other day

    “What is your favorite .gov website?”

    That can mean a lot of things but generally I guessed – liked for design, content, usefulness.
    I said I like
    -whitehouse.gov
    -new federalregister.gov
    -utah.gov
  • #106993

    Robert Manzano
    Participant

    http://go.usa.gov/

    Maybe not a favorite, but definitely taking a page on innovation from the commercial world.

  • #106991

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    Stats are cool. I didn’t know they were there…awesome

  • #106989

    Terrence Hill
    Participant

    I like the WhiteHouse.gov website too. Also, I have to give props to http://m.fema.gov/ for having a mobile app for disasters. and http://www.tsa.gov/mobile for My TSA. The coolest websites are the ones you can access on a mobile device lik an IPhone. There an APP for that!

  • #106987

    Tricia
    Participant
  • #106985

    Yasmin Fodil
    Participant

    Its not out of usefulness at all, but it makes me chuckle that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the Dept of Treasury uses http://www.moneyfactory.gov/

  • #106983

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    That’s a separate post in itself…weirdest named .gov websites.

  • #106981

    In college, I loved the VA’s WAVE website. On the old GI program, vets had to certify their enrollment online every month. Once my GI bill was set up, it was super-easy to certify my enrollment every month and I always knew I’d get my GI check in a few days.

    In a word, awesome. Never had any trouble with it.

  • #106979

    Check out: http://zev.lacounty.gov/ — website for 3rd District Supervisor of Los Angeles County.

  • #106977

    Heather Coleman
    Participant

    I like how clean http://www.usa.gov/index.shtml is.

    I also like the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth – http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/ (they have great podcasts)

    Gotta throw in http://www.armyhire.com (disclaimer: I support this client). But I really do love the recent redesign.

  • #106975

    Attia Nasar
    Participant

    utah.gov is such a cool and creative site!

    NASA‘s is cool but NASA Kids Club is even cooler!

  • #106973

    Paulo Ivan Gomez
    Participant

    http://www.lanl.gov…. amazing science

  • #106971

    SCBOS PM
    Participant

    scbos.sc.gov
    Filings for businesses in South Carolina
    Our Stats are: Would you use this online service again? yes from 97.8% of SCBOS users
    Did you find what you were looking for? yes from 95.6% of SCBOS users
    Last we looked we have about 40,000 registered users
    List of filings
    Frequently Asked Questions

  • #106969

    Todd Solomon
    Participant

    Shameless plug for my own Dept. aside, no Cabinet official updates his blog as regularly as Sec. LaHood at fastlane.dot.gov. Like the content or not, he’s keeping his broad range of stakeholders–from aviation to trucks to trains to transit to car safety to pipelines and roads–in the loop. And, dude’s got style.

  • #106967

    Dennis Edward Byrne
    Participant

    I like http://www.business.gov and http://www.sba.gov as two excellent sites for small business owners.
    Both have won awards.
    The latter is undergoing a total remake and will relaunch in the Fall with major improvements

  • #106965

    SCBOS PM
    Participant

    found out we have 55,000 registered users on SCBOS – South Carolina Business One Stop

  • #106963

    Josh Folk
    Participant

    Maybe not .gov exclusive, but The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) awards the best congressional websites each year. This year it evaluated 620 websites, including all Members, committees, and leadership sites.

    http://www.ombwatch.org/node/10948

  • #106961

    Rachel Correll
    Participant

    http://www.cityofmontrose.org (Check out the “Explore Montrose” section in the main navigation. Good way to tie together community sites.)
    http://www.co.maui.hi.us (They keep their site up-to-date and full of good information)
    http://www.novaregion.org (I think this is a good way to update people involved with the regional commission)

  • #106959

    Robert Manzano
    Participant

    Seems useful, but also Maui’s site is beautifully designed…
    http://www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=967

    Whoever came up with the color scheme and layout obviously had a firm grasp of how to coordinate and implement a site. My only gripe would be the search is kinda small. Overall though the various elements on the page complement the overall design very well. Ctrl+Minus(-) a few times to see the full effect on smaller monitors. (Ctrl+0 to reset ;))

    It’s good to see when government sites, so often restricted by an encyclopedia of regulations can still maintain such a graceful presence.

  • #106957

    Heather Coleman
    Participant

    Not a .gov, but government nonetheless…

    I just came across http://www.move.mil/home.htm

    I really like the clean design and the center section with integrated videos and then links to additional content. Also thought it was a neat play on the tab section on the right for additional content, when tabbed items are usually just graphics with embedded text in the middle part of the landing page.

  • #106955

    Heather Coleman
    Participant

    Also thought the Maui site was beautiful. The top navigation gets a little cumbersome with the number of items under each heading, but I like that they call out some critical content in the main part of the home page as well as with the How Do I? drop down navigation. Well done. Now…can I go to Maui and work on this site?????

  • #106953

    Cynthia Burke
    Participant

    National Library of Medicine: http://www.nlm.nih.gov, especially MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov).

  • #106951

    Alycia Piazza
    Participant
  • #106949

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    Saw this on Twitter as one of top .gov….pretty cool

    http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/

  • #106947

    Lori Winterfeldt
    Participant

    As a fellow medical librarian, I second that!

  • #106945

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    I like teach.gov

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