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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fig Leaf Software launches new US Senate site

Fig Leaf Software designed and developed a new public Web site for the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The new site was designed using Adobe Creative Suite and was implemented using the CommonSpot content management system (CMS), a product of PaperThin, Inc. The CommonSpot browser based CMS makes it easy for non-technical Senate Committee staff to manage and maintain Web site content.

Fig Leaf Software worked closely with the Senate Committee staff during the creative process which began with a creative session and included the delivery of working prototype. Once the new design was finalized Fig Leaf implemented the new design in the CMS and created functionality for tagging content by issue and content type. Issues include:
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Appropriations and Budget
  • Federal Recognition of Tribes
  • Health Care Re-authorization and Reform
  • Indian Economic Development
  • Indian Education
  • Indian Energy
  • Indian Water Rights
  • Tribal Law and Order
  • Tribal Transportation
The new site provides direct links to Oversight Hearings, Legislative Hearings, Business Meetings, Nomination Hearings, Field Hearings, Listening Sessions and the ability to search all hearings. Recent hearing views are available and a Committee Schedule / Calendar is included on the home page and in areas of the site where a calendar view is helpful to users.

Multimedia webcasts are linked throughout the site and Press can easily find news releases and press contacts and can sort items in the news room by month and year.

The new, easy-to-navigate site provides background information on the Committee, its Rules and Jurisdiction, as well as information about the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Committee Members. All pages in the site are printer and email friendly and there is a rich RSS feed capability for users to subscribe to information based on topic or issue.

Fig Leaf Software integrated site-wide search using the Google Search Appliance thereby allowing users to quickly and easily find relevant information from throughout the site by search term.

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