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Access to Understandable Health Information with Dr. Lidia Schapira and Fergal McGovern

Access to Understandable Health Information with Dr. Lidia Schapira and Fergal McGovern From Empowered Patient Podcast with Karen Jagoda Published: March 14, 2016 Dr. Lidia Schapira, Editor-in-Chief Cancer.net, and Fergal McGovern CEO VisibleThread on the challenge of getting patients and caregivers accurate health information that is accessible and understandable.  Lidia and Fergal provide thoughtful observations about …

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The Best and Worst at Plain Language in Government

The Best and Worst at Plain Language in Government From GovLoop. By Lauren Girardin Published: February 09, 2016 Federal agencies are legally required to use plain language. Yet, according to a new report, federal agencies are failing to do so.Plain language has been the law of the land for federal agencies since the Plain Writing Act of …

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GCN: Notwithstanding endeavors to eschew obfuscation, website readability drops

GCN: Notwithstanding endeavors to eschew obfuscation, website readability drops From GCN. By Amanda Ziadeh Published: February 09, 2016 More than five years after President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act, the readability of federal agency websites has gotten worse. The complex, “government-ese” language not only obscures communications, but it also costs agencies money as …

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Independent Report Finds U.S. Federal Agencies Failing Plain Language Act Objectives

Independent Report Finds U.S. Federal Agencies Failing Plain Language Act Objectives VisibleThread 2016 U.S. Government Index Finds Increasing Complexity and Declining Readability in Comparative Analysis of Federal Agency Website Content Baltimore – Feb. 9, 2016 – VisibleThread released findings from its 2016 U.S. Government Index Report, a comparative study of the quality of content on …

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VisibleThread Users Conference 2015 – Recordings & Slide Decks

VisibleThread Users Conference 2015 – Recordings & Slide Decks   We had a really great users’ conference this year in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Bigger and better than last year with more varied use cases. Here are the recordings and slide decks from the main sessions. Session 1: Conference Keynote – Trends in the Federal Contracting …

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VisibleThread for Docs 2.12 now available

VisibleThread for Docs 2.12 now available Eoin here, VisibleThread head of engineering and support. Our new 2.12 release of VisibleThread for Documents is now available and ready for download for on-premise customers. This release is already live for cloud customers. In this blog post, I will provide a quick summary of what’s new in the …

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No Proposal Consultants Welcome – Census Bureau follows VA with ban on Consultants

As you may remember we reported previously that the Department of Veteran Affairs banned proposal consultants from assisting offerors on RFP VA118-15-R0558. Unfortunately, we have more bad news. A second federal agency has followed suit. On May 18th, 2015 the US Census Bureau issued an RFP that restricts technical consultants participation. The draft RFP in …

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VisibleThread Web Performance Improvements

VisibleThread Web Performance Improvements Eoin here, head of Engineering and Support here at VisibleThread. Just a quick update on some performance improvements we put live this past weekend (April 12th 2015). A little background Our cloud operations team actively monitor our VisibleThread and VisibleThread Web services. They make sure that all critical services are available, …

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