To give you a closer look at how BGOV works, Ned Waugaman, head of Customer Support at Bloomberg Government, answers a few frequently asked questions below.
Tell us more about Bloomberg Government.
BGOV is a new information product that will report on, quantify, and analyze the impact of government actions on business and industry. BGOV brings the same unparalleled level of fact-based, objective reporting, analysis and data to policymaking that Bloomberg has provided to the financial community for the past 27 years.
BGOV is a single-source of interconnected data, analytics and news. The data, strategy, product development and editorial teams work together aggregating and analyzing data, and reporting on the latest government actions and their business implications. Data aggregated into the site is intuitively organized and displayed in usable format which is also searchable by various qualifiers for ease of use.
Can you tell us a little more about the editorial team?
Our editorial teams come from a variety of backgrounds. They include award-winning editors and reporters along with former congressional staffers, regulatory officials, industry veterans, economists and financial analysts, and are divided into teams covering key industry sectors including defense, energy, health care, finance, defense, tech/telecom and tax.
What about the content? How many data and news sources are reviewed for inclusion on BGOV?
Our sources literally circle the globe, with content coming both domestically and internationally from major news outlets, industry newsletters, local press, company filings & press releases, transcripts and, industry policy newsletters. We also make available multi-media news events and when appropriate, blog content
We aggregate news from thousands of validated sources daily. For the home page, the news page, and the various industry pages, the BGOV editorial team personally writes and selects items that we think are most relevant to users. On other pages, special algorithms choose relevant news based upon companies, industries, or topics on the page.
To ensure our information on pending legislation is as up to date as possible, we receive a data feed in near real-time throughout the day. Our great team of editors also vets and rates the blogs before we include them as news sources.
How in-depth is your coverage of topical issues?
We leverage news and data from Bloomberg’s worldwide news-gathering operations, with 2,300 journalists and multimedia specialists in over 30 countries offering unique, exclusive, and fresh content. We also have partnership affiliations with thousands of news outlets to offer an unparalleled breadth of coverage.
Have there been any updates since the tool was launched in January?
We’ve added the following functionality since the site launch in January:
The ability to search for news by publication source and type, agency GAO reports, a full complement of pages overviewing the subjects areas of both TAX & LABOR (including associated news, federal legislation & regulation and, associated federal contracts), ability to mine both the current 112th and previous 111th Congress for committee reports, ability to download staffer search results and to save those searches, an archival of past Congressional Records, a new enhanced mapping tool, and the ability to allow users to batch and schedule when they receive alerts from the system.
On February 3, we released some additional new functionality that we’re excited to share. One is the Contracts Intelligence Tool, which helps users easily identify contracting trends and follow the distribution of federal dollars to contractors.
Another update is that one thousand Private Companies have been added to the Companies Directory, selected based on the total value of their government contracts. Additional private companies will be added to the database in coming months.
Additionally, tax issue pages have been added to the Industries section to highlight news, legislation and regulation related to taxation. Finally, users can also now download up to 250 contact emails from a Staffer Search.
Have another question for Ned about BGOV? Send us a note or request a demo at http://about.bgov.com/contact-us/. Also be sure to follow Bloomberg Government on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates!
Ned Waugaman is responsible for Bloomberg Government Customer Service. His team is available Monday – Friday from 7 AM – 7 PM Eastern to answer customer questions and offer assistance. Prior to Bloomberg, Waugaman spent his entire career at the Arbitron Company, an international media information company where he retired as the Vice President of Customer Service & Training responsible for all customer service and web based training initiatives. He speaks frequently on a national level regarding both customer relationship, web based training and technology issues.