The Federal Chief Information Council today released a new version of its website CIO.gov, involving what it described as a complete overhaul under the hood. The new site, however, is still in need of tweaking.
In a notice posted to the site, viewers were informed:
We have pulled the old “News” and “Blog” posting into a centralized location – CIOC Blog – and we’ve standardized multiple document repositories, libraries, and databases from the old site into a central Document Library, where you can easily browse and sort through CIO Council reports, OMB guidance, and other relevant documents from the CIO Council.
The site will still have the same great updates on Federal IT initiatives and news from CIOs across the Federal Government – just presented in a more concise, organized way.
The CIO Council also noted it was “doing its part” to support the Administration’s effort to reduce the bloat of .gov domains, by eliminating one of the registered domains associated with the site (www.cioc.gov) and by using a shared service for hosting.
“We are saving more than 50% on annual operations and maintenance costs for the site in FY 2013,” the site said.
The new site, which is still in beta, quickly drew notice from blogger @Dbatuyong, however, who discovered an browser encryption error.
The CIO.gov site, in a blog on Twitter, acknowledged the error in a response to open government blogger Alex Howard, (aka @digiphile). Howard noted in the tweet exchange that the site “Looks *much* better on mobile.”
That’s in part because the new site was built using open source technologies, with the aim of working more fluidly on mobile devices. The site uses WordPress for its content management systems and a Twitter open source users interface toolkit Bootstrap, according to Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel in a report from FedScoop.