Justin Herman, SocialGov program lead at the General Services Administration, has unveiled the U.S. Digital Registry to help ensure citizens interact with official third-party digital platforms for the government.
The repository works to authenticate the Web, social media and mobile platforms that agencies use to deliver information and services to the public, Herman wrote in a blog entry posted Friday.
“The rise of third-party platforms in delivering modern public services required us to rise beside them with greater means of maintaining accountability over official government accounts and make it as easy to follow all public services as it was to find one,” the federal social media manager said.
He added that the U.S. Digital Registry also aims to bolster cybersecurity through the deterrence of fake government accounts on Twitter, Facebook and others, as well as support performance reporting and data analysis on the government’s digital engagement efforts.
Government agencies have taken part in a “verification sprint” to authenticate and add their official social media accounts to the repository by March 31.