In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 30, 2010 / 16 Iyar, 5770

We Like Fed Websites, Survey Finds

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Americans, by and large, are satisfied with Federal agency Websites, a survey released Tuesday (April 27, 2010) finds.

Citizen satisfaction with government websites remains high into the second year of President Barack Obama's administration, according to the study of more than 250,000 web users performed by ForeSee Results, a research firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Satisfaction with e-government Websites climbed to an all-time high in 2009, the firm said, and remains high for the most recent quarter. The "E-Government Satisfaction Index" registers a 75.1 on a 100-point scale in the first quarter of 2010, 1.5 points higher than the same period in 2009 and just shy of the highest level of citizen satisfaction with online government (75.2 points), in the third quarter of last year.

At the Treasury Department, the Bureau of the Mint's online ordering service scored highest, at 81 points, while the Internal Revenue Service's Website scored 73 points. The survey did not measure any sites maintained by the U.S. Postal Service, now a quasi-governmental corporation. MedlinePlus — http://medlineplus.gov — a service of the National Institutes of Health, scored 85 points.

"Under President Obama, e-gov is enjoying some of the best citizen satisfaction scores we've ever recorded," said Larry Freed, ForeSee Results' president and CEO, in a statement released by the firm. "The Open Government Directive has resulted in a significant increase in satisfaction that has been successfully maintained over the last three quarters."

The firm said it "applied the methodology of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) to help organizations better understand how improvements to specific aspects of the online experience (such as navigation or site performance) positively affect overall satisfaction, which in turn increases loyalty, recommendations, and customers' likelihood to use the website again. Inside knowledge into site visitors' likely future behaviors empowers organizations to prioritize site enhancements and allocate resources efficiently."

Letter from JWR publisher

According to the report, "federal websites realize the most improvement in website satisfaction by improving search functionality and perceptions of agency or department transparency. Transparency was recently added as a measured element contributing to satisfaction, joining search, navigation, functionality, look and feel, content, site performance, privacy and transactions. Transparency's importance underscores the importance and timeliness of the current administration's 'Open Government Initiative,'" the firm said.

Making federal Websites better not only makes users happier, but it can also save money: satisfied customers will return to the Internet site and are less likely to use call centers, which can be more expensive to operate.

While I like the information the report provides — and you can get more information on it from ForSee Results, www.ForeSeeResults.com — there are some additional points to consider, I believe.

For one, there's a lot more of government that needs to be online and accessible. One of the nicest things about the IRS' Website, in my view, is that just about every form you need, from a W-9 to the one that gets you an extension to file your taxes, is not only online as an Adobe Acrobat PDF, but the form's fields are "fill-able;" you can type in the information onscreen and print out a perfectly legible form to send in. Never thought I'd say this, but, "Bravo, IRS!"

We need much more of that in government — and in private industry, for that matter. We also need more and better ways to contact people directly. Instead of the call centers, put those operators to work on "Live Chat" situations, either using Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) or text chatting, to help people onsite quickly and easily.

And, here's one more idea, just for the budget-conscious among us: every federal Website should reveal its cost to design, maintain and operate. It is, after all, our money they're spending.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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