Smiling President Obama surrounded by people taking pictures (© AP Images)

You can now message President Obama on Facebook

You can now send a note to President Obama on Facebook using the White House’s Messenger bot, the first of its kind for any government.

There’s a new public face for U.S. foreign policy

As the new State Department spokesman, John Kirby is the primary communicator of U.S. foreign policy. Much preparation goes into the daily press briefings.
Illustration of public official crowdsurfing on crowd's hands (State Dept./D. Thompson)

A TV contest makes officials famous for doing good

Rather than shame corrupt officials, the Integrity Idol TV contest honors the most honest officials and treats them like rock stars.
Police officer in uniform (© AP Images)

3 police chiefs on race and policing

Three police chiefs in the U.S. address perceptions of law enforcement and how their departments are improving their communities.

U.S. envoy connects on VKontakte

U.S. Embassy Moscow just held another chat with Ambassador John Tefft on VKontakte (VK), whose 68 million daily users make it Russia’s most visited...
Reporter's notebook and hat, megaphone, radio, TV, laptop and phone on presidential seal (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

From fireside chats to Twitter, presidents speak to the people

From "fireside chats" on the radio to Twitter, presidents going back a century have adopted the latest technologies to communicate with the American people.
Illustration of man contemplating large, wrapped gift (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Lavish gifts for public officials? That means jail time in the...

In books and TV shows, you might see U.S. government officials accepting lavish meals and gifts. In reality, there are strict rules against this corruption.
Illustration of hands on computer keyboard with government building on screen (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

E-government is becoming a thing

Technology makes government operations more transparent and delivery of services more efficient and less costly. It’s often called e-government.
A police officer handing out ice cream from a truck (Courtesy of Boston Police Dept.)

What does ice cream have to do with policing?

Through their community policing outreach effort, this police department is handing out ice cream. See how other cities are reducing crime in their streets.