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January 2013


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Governor.OK.gov and OK.gov Receive National Awards

OKLAHOMA CITY – January 9, 2013 - MarCom Awards recently announced winners for the 2012 international awards competition that recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. Mary Fallin’s official website, http://www.Governor.OK.gov received a Gold Award in the Website/Government category.  OK.gov, Oklahoma’s official website, received a Gold Award in the Design (Web)/Website Home Page category.

The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm. Approximately 18 percent of the 6,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries were Gold Winners.

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Senate Launches New Appropriations Website; Adds Additional Technology for Greater Transparency

With budget review hearings slated to begin next week and the 2013 Legislative Session right around the corner, the State Senate on Friday announced a new website dedicated to giving members of the public and the press instantaneous access to the research materials and other presentations Senators will use as they develop the Fiscal 2014 budget.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Clark Jolley said the addition of the webpage and a larger monitor in 419-C, the conference room where Senate Appropriations meetings are held, represented a tremendous leap forward in providing timely, detailed information about the budget process.

“These enhanced services will actually be available next week when we start our 2013 Performance hearings, one of the first steps in the budget process,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “These advancements are actually going to make it easier for our members and the public to access information, and make it easier for us to track, access and archive these materials.”

The Senate Appropriations website is http://appropriations.oksenate.gov/. It can also be accessed through the Senate’s homepage at www.oksenate.gov. Those logging on can watch streaming video of budget meetings while viewing reports, copies of bills and votes.

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How to Fix Bad Agency Websites

For an end user, a poorly designed federal website can waste time and test patience. For the agency behind that site, usability problems can quickly drain dollars from budgets.

The General Services Administration’s First Fridays usability testing program detailed the most common dot-gov website fails of 2012 in a blog post penned by program manager Jonathan Rubin. Among them: Poor navigation labels, lack of contact information, unclear purpose and hard-to-find important content.

Costs for such common mistakes can compound quickly in any space.

“If a design is not working, there are real costs in adjustments to a design and implementing it,” said Eric Gundersen, CEO of MapBox and co-founder of Development Seed, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that has worked with a number of federal agencies. “Designing smart at first is important, but you’ve got to watch how people actually use your site.”

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How do I find information about the upcoming legislative session?

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Monday, February 18
(President's Day)

Monday, May 27
(Memorial Day)

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2013 Legislative Session Begins
February 4 - May 31, 2013
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2013 Senior Day at the Capitol
February 25, 2013
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