Recovery.gov – Improving the User Experience
The Board’s staff is planning on:
- Providing you with a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Board, including what happens when you submit a fraud allegation
- Answering your questions about Recovery, and
- Clearing up some misconceptions about Recovery – for instance, that the Recovery Act and TARP are one in the same.
But, most importantly, the blog is a forum for your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about our performance, both here and at Recovery.gov.
Today, in response to comments, suggestions, and feedback, we’ve added a number of new features and functionalities to Recovery.gov:
New Features On the Home Page
Featured Story Carousel
Scroll left or right and click on any picture to get the facts about a Recovery project or program .
Social Media Feeds
Interact with others who are talking about Recovery, government, and similar topics on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. See pictures posted on the Recovery Flickr account and read the latest Blog post.
Watch the Chairman’s new video on all the new features.
Looking For? User-Centered Navigation
Click the Looking For? tab for a dropdown menu designed with particular users in mind, such as “An Interested Citizen” or “A Data User.” There are icons representing what you might be looking for on the site – projects in your neighborhood, opportunities, or the Recovery Act. Click on any icon to go to the section specifically designed for you.
Access all the maps on the site from one page. Explore new maps like the “Lights On” Map – Created and designed by Edward Tufte, this map lights up to display the progression of the distribution of awards from February 17, 2009 to June 30, 2010. You can also find maps that show where Recovery money went to fund Education and the COPS program.
Search for jobs that recipients of Recovery funds might offer.
Search for jobs through the Indeed.com job board.
Search your state website for jobs, and employment information, closer to home.
State Data Summary Widget
Use this widget to see recipient data in your state only — by county, congressional district, or zip code — and have it automatically updated every quarter.
Advanced Search Widget
You can configure in-depth searches and add the XML data to your own site.
Recovery Map API
Take the recipient data from Recovery.gov and mash it up against other datasets.
3rd Party Widgets/Apps
Create your own maps with ESRI’s templates and find Recovery projects using a mobile app.
Visit Recovery.gov and let us know what you think about these new features.