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Jeffrey Levy replied to GovLoop's discussion 'In 7 Words or Less, What Makes a Great Manager?'
"Credits below, takes blame, coaches, inspires awesome."
Jan 7
Jeffrey Levy posted a blog post
Nov 7, 2013
Rob Nectan Schell liked Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Help EPA Try Out a New Social Tool: Thunderclap?'
Nov 1, 2013
Jeffrey Levy commented on Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Help EPA Try Out a New Social Tool: Thunderclap?'
"Peter: we regularly ask people to share our information.  This is simply an automated way of doing that.  Also, the link provided in the message goes to an EPA page.  There's no secret who's providing the information. On the…"
Oct 29, 2013
Peter Sperry commented on Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Help EPA Try Out a New Social Tool: Thunderclap?'
""Thunderclap does the posting, but it looks like it's coming from people who signed up." So the source of the message is disguising themselves from the recipients of the message as well as any third party public interest groups who…"
Oct 29, 2013
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Help EPA Try Out a New Social Tool: Thunderclap?

We (EPA, that is) are using a new tool called Thunderclap.  Thunderclap is one of the systems where GSA negotiated fed-friendly terms of service, and EPA signed it a month or two ago.  I think it has HUGE potential. How it works:1)      An organizer creates a message to be shared and a date/time it’ll go out.  They also choose a goal: how many people have to sign up for the message to go out.  If you fall short, nothing goes out.  All of that goes on a page on the Thunderclap site.2)     …See More
Oct 29, 2013
GovLoop commented on Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Help EPA Try Out a New Social Tool: Thunderclap?'
"Just did it - cool experience."
Oct 29, 2013
Jeffrey Levy posted a blog post

Help EPA Try Out a New Social Tool: Thunderclap?

We (EPA, that is) are using a new tool called Thunderclap.  Thunderclap is one of the systems where GSA negotiated fed-friendly terms of service, and EPA signed it a month or two ago.  I think it has HUGE potential. How it works:1)      An organizer creates a message to be shared and a date/time it’ll go out.  They also choose a goal: how many people have to sign up for the message to go out.  If you fall short, nothing goes out.  All of that goes on a page on the Thunderclap site.2)     …See More
Oct 28, 2013
Jeffrey Levy commented on David B. Grinberg's blog post 'Shutdown Ramifications (Part II): 3 Hidden Costs to Fed Workforce'
"I'm not sure whether you count this as tangible or not, but an incredible amount of time was spent discussing, planning for, and implementing the shutdown, and probably an equal amount starting back up. I don't mean the people who formally…"
Oct 24, 2013
Theresa C. Timlin liked Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Why in the World Am I Still in Gov't?'
Oct 18, 2013
Jaime Gracia liked Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Why in the World Am I Still in Gov't?'
Oct 18, 2013
Alicia Dickerson commented on Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Why in the World Am I Still in Gov't?'
"Jeff, Great post.  Thoughtful and full of the measured optimism that I hope many federal employees still share.  Here's a wapo article about how federal managers can try to positively impact morale and engagement…"
Oct 17, 2013
Alicia Dickerson liked Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Why in the World Am I Still in Gov't?'
Oct 17, 2013
Michele Nissen commented on Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Why in the World Am I Still in Gov't?'
"Thank you for an inspirational post.  I came from private sector to public sector (local government) and must say, the pay is not as rewarding but the work IS.  And that is the sticking point. You either have the heart to serve or you…"
Oct 17, 2013
Yvette Edghill Spano PhD commented on Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Why in the World Am I Still in Gov't?'
"Thanks again Jeffrey for your insight.  It is understandable, especially in the political climate today, to move towards the direction of reconsidering the usefulness on continuing in the government.  My idealism is still very…"
Oct 17, 2013
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Eric Melton commented on Jeffrey Levy's blog post 'Why in the World Am I Still in Gov't?'
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Oct 16, 2013
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Profile Information

Current Title:
Director of Web Communications
Current Agency or Organization
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
What Best Describes Your Role?
Communications
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
Blog
Twitter
Slide decks
Topics I Care About
Communications, Fun Stuff, Gov 2.0, Telework
I work for the government because:
I believe public service is a high calling, and I really enjoy helping to protect the environment. My grandfather was a fed for 41 years, and I plan to top him.

Jeffrey Levy's Blog

How EPA Uses RSS to Send Job Openings to Multiple Channels

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:40pm 0 Comments

A couple of days ago, I taught a webinar for GSA's Digital Government University.

Just wanted to share the URL for the presentation slides and a recording of the webinar, which lasted an hour.

Help EPA Try Out a New Social Tool: Thunderclap?

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 1:30pm 4 Comments

We (EPA, that is) are using a new tool called Thunderclap.  Thunderclap is one of the systems where GSA negotiated fed-friendly terms of service, and EPA signed it a month or two ago.  I think it has HUGE potential.

 

How it works:

1)      An organizer creates a message to be shared and a date/time it’ll go out.  They also choose a goal: how many people have to sign up for the message to go out.  If you fall short, nothing goes out.  All of that goes on a page on the…

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Reminder: Why Am I Still in Gov't?

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

We're two weeks into the shutdown, with future budgets that look ugly, uglier, and even uglier.

I needed to remind myself why I put up with this.

Here's why.

EPA & Social Media: What We're Using, What We're Thinking About

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 6:00pm 6 Comments

EPA leapt into the social media world in July 2007 with our first blog post.  Ever since, we've been working to expand our options.  That's been greatly helped by the terms of service that GSA has negotiated on behalf of all federal agencies (most agreements contain clauses we can't accept as federal agencies for various legal reasons).  See howto.gov for the overarching process and the…

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Fun With Plain Language: Decipher These Bloated Sayings

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 3:21pm 9 Comments

I taught a session on writing for the Web today and mentioned that it can be fun to turn common sayings into governmentese and then challenging others to decode them.

Here are three examples I came up with.  Try your hand at deciphering them.

  1. Approximately spherical seed-bearing produce, examples of which can be many colors ranging from red to yellow to gold to green, often, or perhaps or more accurately, generally or frequently, does not precipitate at…
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At 11:31am on June 10, 2011, Jeff Ribeira said…
At 12:00pm on May 4, 2010, Michael McCarthy, APR said…
Always enjoy your comments on the content-managers list serv. You're working on interesting projects.
At 7:52am on February 8, 2010, Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs said…
Good morning, Jeffrey. Great comments on the Census Bureau's Super Bowl ads and the RT activity. I had never heard of the reports you mentioned- so I've learned something new today, and it's not even 8:00 a.m.!
At 1:02pm on December 19, 2009, GovLoop gave Jeffrey Levy a gift
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This is way under $25 :) But wanted to honor you as part of select tribe with the 2010 Virtual GovLoop Trophy of Awesomeness. From blogs to discussion, you're huge part of making GL rock!
At 12:03pm on November 23, 2009, Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs said…
I've enjoyed reading your insightful comments. I look forward to more. Have a fantastic day!
At 12:44pm on November 12, 2009, Scott Burns said…
I love this blog post. You articulated the exact approach I've settled in on (in fact, I think you might have influenced my approach to Facebook with the "are we really friends" criteria).

http://bit.ly/4ykuFb
At 1:50pm on October 7, 2009, Alain Lemay said…
I really enjoyed your presentation at the Systemscope Executive Breakfast the other day. Very informative. I can also give you some pointers on how government can use social bookmarking if you are interested.
At 2:37pm on October 2, 2009, Brock Webb said…
What SNS is EPA using?
At 10:49am on September 28, 2009, Brenadine Humphrey said…
just made my first ever loan on kiva...how exciting and easy! thanks for having this group, its something i've always thought about doing and seeing this group...I had to just go do it.
At 9:22am on September 4, 2009, Craig Sellars said…
Let me know when you will be there. I will connect you with some great Gov 2.0 folks there.

Nick Charney:
http://www.cpsrenewal.ca

Doug Bastien
http://blog.gc20.ca

Craig
 
 
 

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