FCC Search Page Goes Five Full Years Without An Update

from the nice-work dept

Congrats to the FCC -- supposedly the most tech savvy of gov't agencies, for going a full five years without updating its website search. Jerry Brito, who has been watching the FCC's website for quite some time, and noting how awful it is for a tech-related agency, points out that the search page was last updated on December 11, 2003. Of course, that's not the biggest problem. As Brito notes, the docketing system has tremendous problems for an agency that needs to be more transparent: "there is no full-text search, there are no data feeds, and their robots.txt file is set to exclude search crawlers." Of course, when the agency is run by a guy famous for secrecy and purposely hiding information to get his way, perhaps it's no surprise that the search function has gone neglected.
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    Peter Blaise Monahon (profile), 13 Dec 2008 @ 4:50am

    Job security wins over customer service every time!


    This is government where they've taken the merit system and learned how to game it to be worse than whim management.

    The Trademark Office also has a broken search system, but the "owner's" of each department defend "their territory" against any newcomers who may change the status quo and actually serve their customers better. I developed a modern alternative that thrilled the Commissioner, and 2 weeks before announcing it, I was tossed for supposedly "breaking the rules", and my search solution was tanked. Nobody stood up for me because the entrenchment is fierce, and incompetence in tenacious.

    Broken as it ever was. Surprised?


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