Government, citizen developers join forces to build new Federal Register 2.0 Website

Federal Register 2.0The Federal Register has launched a re-design of its Website, The new site is XML-based and was developed using open source code (now available on GitHub).

“The Daily Journal of the United States,” the FR is managed by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and serves as “the legal newspaper of the U.S. government and contains rules, proposed rules, and public notices of federal agencies, as well Presidential documents.”

U.S. Archivist David Ferriero said this about Federal Register 2.0 on the White House Blog:

“Federal Register 2.0 takes into consideration the 21st century user and turns the Federal Register website into a daily web newspaper. The clear layout will have tools to help users find what they need, comment on proposed rules, and share material relevant to their interests. In addition to greatly improved navigation and search tools, the site will highlight the most popular and newsworthy documents and feature each agency’s significant rules.”

The idea for the re-design originated from Sunlight Labs’ Apps for America 2 contest. Developers Andrew Carpenter, Bob Burbach and Dave Augustine from WestEd Interactive built, “The Federal Register at your fingertips” and won second place. They caught the attention of OFR, who contacted them to help with the official re-design.

A list of new features can be found here and more information about GovPulse and its technology can be found here here.

Video history of the Federal Register and overview of Federal Register 2.0:

Video overview with developers:

Luke Fretwell is the founder of the civic innovation and technology blog GovFresh. He advises civic leaders and businesses on how to best leverage digital strategies to create more effective, collaborative governments. He has written about government IT for Federal Computer Week, NextGov, FedScoop, StateScoop and FierceGovernment, and has been referenced by the Washington Post and Fast Company on civic technology issues. He has worked with a number of government-focused companies and media, including CivicActions, NuCivic and FedScoop and has been involved in broad-focused community efforts, such as GovPress, CityCamp, CivicMeet, Agile Government Leadership and Open Source for America. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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