FCC's personalized dashboard targets 'power users'

Monday - 12/26/2011, 1:34pm EST

By Jolie Lee
@jleewfed
Federal News Radio

The Federal Communications Commission launched a website this month that allows users to create a personalized dashboard.

"MyFCC is a new tool designed to let you create a customized FCC online experience for quick access to the tools and information you need. Personalization options built into MyFCC make it possible to easily create, save and manage a customized page, choosing from a menu of 'widgets' featuring a wide variety of the FCC's most frequently used tools and services," FCC managing director David Robbins in a blog post.

MyFCC is still in beta form, and the FCC is soliciting feedback to improve the website, Robbins wrote.

Currently, MyFCC offers about two dozen widgets. Information can be in the form of blog posts, the FCC Twitter feed, Federal Register notices and other documents.

Users access their MyFCC accounts via third party web services like Facebook and Google. "You can more easily manage your online accounts and do not have to worry about creating a unique MyFCC account," according to the MyFCC website

How MyFCC works: Create an account. Choose the information you want displayed. For example, you can choose five topics that range from emergency communications to Internet privacy. You can also share the link to your dashboard or embed it in another website.

Check out this video tutorial from FCC

Software consultant Seabourne helped develop MyFCC. The company's president, Mike Reich, wrote in a blog post that the dashboard seeks to provide a "clean interface" for a "single point of access for anything of interest published by the FCC."

The dashboard is ideal for "power users" who know exactly what information they want but have a difficult time finding that information online, Reich wrote.

As reported by Federal Computer Week, the personalized dashboard was promoted by Steven VanRoekel, the previous FCC managing director and now the federal chief information officer.

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