Federal Register 2.0
September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
The Federal Register Act celebrated its 75th anniversary by launching the web 2.0 version of the daily Federal Register. The site refresh is part of the Administration’s Open Government Directive to ensure that the activities of the federal government are more accessible and transparent to the public. The Federal Register serves as the federal government’s official journal, containing proposed and final rules and regulations in addition to notices of meetings and adjudicatory proceedings. The new website, which went live on July 25th 2010, is a collaborative effort among the developers who created GovPulse.us, Government Printing Office (GPO), and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) websites.
The Federal Register has been known to be enigmatic for many readers, especially to inexperienced users. Official editions of the Federal Register can be densely formatted and difficult to navigate. The new site attempts to address that challenge and turn the site into a “daily web newspaper” enabling readers to access information in a “meaningful and innovative” manner. In pursuit of that, Federal Register 2.0 boasts a host of new key features including:
- Re-formatted documents to reflect the common web newspaper format
- Better categorization to organize documents into various topical sections
- Agency “home pages” for major federal agencies with a collection of the most recent articles relevant to it
- Calendar of events that consolidates and displays crucial dates for comment periods, public meetings, other
opportunities for public participation, as well as final rule effective dates
- Enhanced navigation through extracting major headings from within documents
A slew of other, more subtle changes peppered throughout the site enable better accessibility and readability for all types of users. The Administration is requesting feedback on the updated site with the intention of making further improvements based on that information. To see the updated Federal Register, please visit FederalRegister.gov.