The "MyGov" idea is not completely new, so let's not reinvent the good parts if they already exist. That means looking at the existing, similar platforms (in govt. and elsewhere) to see what aspects are working and what is lacking. For example: There is a platform called "USAjobs.gov" that is operated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that provides a personalized email-alerts to individuals who want receive ...more »
It seems like every time I contact a Government agency, the person I speak with is annoyed by my phone call. The Government and the Federal employees need to understand that the American citizen is the customer and honestly their boss.
When I move I have to update my address in all my accounts online. This is time consuming and I don't always remember to update all of my accounts. It would be great if the Post Office (or some other org) would be the master directory for my address. Sites could be granted access to my address and automatically have my updated address when it is changed at the USPTO's site.
Federal Student Aid and the IRS formed a great partnership that has made it a lot easier to complete the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval tool allows users (who are eligible) to automatically pull their tax info into their FAFSA. This has been a great improvement, however, more can be done. Why should users have to provide this information twice? If people are already sending their income info to the IRS, why can't they ...more »
Medicaid.gov doesn't have a state office locator. All state-related info doesn't appear to be aimed at citizens/customers... why is this? There is no comprehensive list you can access of all state Medicaid offices on any other .gov site, either. Benefits.gov provides a place where you can find contact info for these offices, by state (http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/browse-by-category/category/MED)... but Ohio and ...more »
Too often, I encounter .gov web pages that have woefully outdated "Last Updated" dates. Just one small example is http://www.fws.gov/info/pocketguide/fieldlocations.html, which hasn't been updated since 2010. How can you trust that the information provided is accurate if it's clear that no one has audited it recently?
I was out of the country with my dad when he had a medical emergency. He was carrying his Medicare and VA ID cards, and I tried to use them to contact the agencies to get information. Both the Medicare and VA cards include a toll-free telephone number to call for information. But toll-free numbers don't work outside the U.S. It wasn't just that they weren't toll-free -- the calls literally wouldn't connect. This is why, ...more »
I'd like to see an architectural approach that leaves the door open for innovation by future developers. MyGov could create a set of cloud-hosted RESTful APIs allowing not just the Federal Government, but other developers building their own apps outside the bounds of federal funding, to access data and perform operations that constituents need in their day-to-day interactions with government. In terms of infrastructure, ...more »
Create a website/mobile app/service that pulls together all healthcare services from the Federal government for example,
1. Community health center locator (HRSA)
2. Mammography facility locator (FDA)
3. Health hotlines (NIH)
4. Medicare Contact/Applications (CMS)
5. Health Insurance exchanges
Just as we have Data.gov to provide a single point of discovery for all government data, we should have an "Alerts.gov" that catalogs all the thousands of alerting and subscription services provided by the government. Today, it is simply too hard to troll through all the government web sites to discover what might be available. Ideally, Alerts.gov would also allow a user to have a single shared interface for viewing ...more »
I come from a background in entertainment. I was a writer for "The Monkees" and "Love American Style." A huge concern I have is that people have lost the sense that government relates to them. I believe we need to re-tell the story of government and re-introduce it in such a way that people see it as a community they are a part of.
How about a website that would aggregate all government receipts and payments associated with my social security number. Receipts would be items such as income taxes and FICA I paid into the "system" and would appear as positive numbers. Payments would include any benefits I received and would appear as negative numbers. Benefits would include social security payments, disability payments, food stamps, housing and ...more »