I’m proud to announce the launch of the completely rebuilt and redesigned online home of the Department of the Treasury. We’ve worked hard to make it easier for citizens like you to find the information you need while upgrading the technology that powers the site so that we can offer more while saving taxpayers money.
Our goal wasn’t just to make the site look better; we wanted to make improvements that citizens like you were looking for at Treasury.gov. We used feedback from site visitors, usability tests, focus groups, and website traffic logs to figure out how we could better serve our site users. For example, site visitors said we had a wealth of raw data but that it was unintelligible to citizens looking for answers, so we created data visualizations. We heard that we often had out-of-date material accumulating on the site so we freshened up and streamlined our content. And we wanted to make the site more cost-efficient, so we moved our hosting structure to the “cloud,” where we will be able to save taxpayer money.
Here are just a few of the many improvements you can see on the new Treasury.gov today.
- Data Visualizations – Treasury has deployed an infrastructure that supports interactive data visualizations including interest rate data and Recovery Act data.With this new infrastructure in place, Treasury will continue to expand its data visualization offerings moving forward.
- Design and Information Architecture – The new Treasury.gov design organizes information in a user-centric manner and eliminates the dual site designs that previously existed.
- Web 2.0 – Treasury has launched its first-ever blog, Treasury Notes, and has integrated YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites into the new Treasury.gov.
- Search – To make the wealth of information that exists on Treasury.gov easy to find, Treasury added FAST search technology so that users can easily get the information they need.
And for those of you interested in some of the improvements we made under the hood, here are some additional facts about the new site.
- Cloud Infrastructure – Treasury is now the first cabinet-level agency to have its website fully hosted in a public “cloud,” a substantially more cost-efficient hosting solution.
- Content Management System (CMS) – For the first time, Treasury will be using a content management system to dynamically display information and data on the site.
So, take a look around and let us know what you think
. Thanks for visiting Treasury.gov and please visit again soon.
Dan Tangherlini is Assistant Secretary for Management, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Performance Officer, and Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.