What’s in a Name? Seven Agencies and Their Blogs

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What makes a great government blog name? Here’s seven clever and entertaining ones that tie into their agencies’ missions.

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The HUDdle (Housing and Urban Development)

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development launched a new interactive blog, The HUDdle. This informative, socially connected community outlet was built to provide a place to inform, connect, converse and learn. HUD’s goal for HUDdle is to “provide an outlet for two-way dialogue that helps provide more responsive service more efficient use of taxpayer dollars.”


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VAntage Point (Veterans Affairs)

VAntage Point is the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that hopes to build new relationships between the Department and those they serve. Throwing the old way of communicating out the door, VAntage Point not only informs their audience but also allows for community involvement with their open comments section for front-page posts, and their special “Guest Posts” contribution section.


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(Work in Progress) (Labor)

(Work in Progress) is the U.S. Department of Labor’s official blog, catchy name isn’t it? Comprised of the agencies and offices that make up the DOL, it shares empowering stories that they hope will impact with the American people.


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DipNote (State)

A clever play off “diplomacy,” DipNote is the official blog of the U.S. Department of State that offers a wide range of information on U.S. foreign policy. DipNote offers “an alternative source to mainstream media” and the opportunity for the public to discuss important issues with senior Department officials.


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Fast Lane (Transportation)

Fast Lane is the official blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. This social media savvy U.S. Secretary shares news and insights that interest the transportation community. If you can keep up, LaHood is also on Facebook and Twitter!


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Family Matters (American Forces Press Service, Defense)

Family Matters is synonymous for “did I do that” Steve Urkel and his clumsy mishaps; but today it is synonymous for being the official blog of the American Forces Press Service, U.S. Department of Defense. Family Matters provides resources and support to today’s military families that help them get through difficult times like deployment, separations and challenges of everyday life.


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Pushing the Envelope (USPS Office of Inspector General)

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General decided to take a risk by “Pushing the Envelope” in the blogosphere. Pushing the Envelope provides a forum to discuss different aspects of the USPS and how they can make improvements.

What blogs did we miss? Any other suggestions?

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