Web-based coach helps laid-off workers

Development InfoStructure, or Devis, announced last week the launch of an online helper tool for workers affected by Base Realignment and Closure actions. Dubbed the BRAC Coach, it was developed for the Department of Labor. The coaches sit as additional frames on top of existing government websites and give users simplified access to information.

'It's very difficult for an average user to navigate pages on workforce resource websites,' said Peter Gallagher, President of Devis. 'The coach allows experts to pull those external resources on multiple websites together.' The company released a similar tool for Labor's workforce transition site.

The coaches also run through an open-source web content management system called EZ Reusable Objects (EZRO), a derivative of the Labor-created open source toolset Workforce Connections. Other than the coaches, EZRO is employed as a filtering tool for government information portals such as forensics site DNA.gov and the award-winning DisabilityInfo.gov.

EZRO publishes data live, enables administrators, editors and project managers to manage content through a secure interface. Most of the content is updated by Devis and reviewed by experts at Labor. Devis' project manager works with them to make sure the sources of information, the language is correct through a staging server and then approved for the public server.

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