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February 2010 Blog Posts (313)

The Women's Conference 2010 - Feb Giveaway ends tonight!

From @mariashriver:

Our February Giveaway ends tonight! Win 2 tix to The Women's…


Added by Megan on February 28, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How-To: Tips for Building a Collaborative Environment

After completing the February Open Government Directive Workshop, we realized that it’s much easier to think about collaboration and build collaborative practices into an agency's open government plan it's done in a collaborative environment.

(Final results of the teams' collaborations are posted at the top of the OpenGov…

Added by Lucas Cioffi on February 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Twitterati - Who are your most influential followers and why?

Building on the recent list of Top 10 (more like Top 100) Gov't Twitters to follow:

Who is your most influential follower and why? Who retweets your tweets most often? Which follower has the most followers? ETC.

How do we measure success on Twitter in general? Broad outreach, targeted marketing, impact, etc.?

Here's my…


Added by Megan on February 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

David Frum is "Totally Against Transparency"

I must say, as a media stakeholder, I am outraged at David Frum editor of the Frum Forum, who speaking this morning on CNN about the Health care Summit indicated that he is "totally against transparency." If David's statement is not challenged, then David just got free air time to minimize all of the efforts advocating transparency.
David thought that the open airing of the Summit should have been managed behind closed doors.…


Added by Keith Moore on February 28, 2010 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Battle RATS and Quiet Helicopters

Sterling Whitehead is a Contract Specialist, Acquisition Freak and loves Star Wars way too much. He also publishes a blog called All Things Sterling.

Want to give our boys on the ground the best weapons, but want them to be affordable? Well, here are a few things that will peak your interest.

Battle RATS

This is what the military considers to be a…


Added by Sterling Whitehead on February 27, 2010 at 3:33pm — 4 Comments

Meeting people where they are, the State Department does it right

I chatted with Bill May, the State Department Director of the Office of Innovative Engagement, on Friday. The State Department is on the leading edge of collaboration, of social media, understanding the need to balance engagement, transparency, security, and common sense. As expected, Bill understands all of this well, businesses and other agencies can learn from the examples Bill shared.

When the President was planning a trip to Ghana it was important to lay the groundwork that the… Continue

Added by John Moore on February 27, 2010 at 3:18pm — No Comments

DoD Publishes a Common Sense Approach to Social Media

The long awaited Department of Defense Social Media policy was announced with much fanfare Friday and it is an incredibly well thought out common sense approach that has public affairs officers world wide rejoicing. It has been a long time coming for the evangelists of new media in the ranks who have been battling for access or trying to find allies to help them push into social media but this policy was worth

the wait.

I have been one of those evangelists…


Added by Frederick P. Wellman on February 27, 2010 at 2:45pm — 7 Comments

Federal Eye: Chile quake: The U.S. government response

Federal agencies have once again mobilized following the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile early Saturday morning.

"We are closely monitoring the situation, including the potential for a tsunami," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile, and we stand ready to help in this hour of need."

The State Department is seeking information on Americans in the quake zone and…


Added by Ed O'Keefe on February 27, 2010 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment

Enterprise 2.0: What’s In It For Us?

While many Internet companies are still trying to figure out how to make money with Web 2.0, where it’s really taking off is the enterprise. Often referred to as Enterprise 2.0, this is the sweet spot for businesses – using social technology to empower your existing employees. Social applications let employees connect across organizations, and provide a way for them to work together to solve problems and enable the mission of your company.

Some companies have found real success with… Continue

Added by Emma Antunes on February 26, 2010 at 5:51pm — 1 Comment

Federal Eye: Postmaster general addresses postal misconceptions

Postmaster General John E. Potter defends the U.S. Postal Service against some of its biggest misconceptions in Sunday's Washington Post, just days before the nation's mail service is expected to outline significant changes in its business plan.

"Tough technology and market conditions are creating new challenges for our business," Potter…


Added by Ed O'Keefe on February 26, 2010 at 4:22pm — No Comments | Post Status Updates to Twitter at Your Own Risk #safety #crime

Neither Mashable nor are fresh on the scene with the common sense notion that criminals are just now getting active in social networking. Criminals have been using social networking sites as a form of communication in their criminal enterprises as well as a place to… Continue

Added by Michael Vallez on February 26, 2010 at 2:13pm — 5 Comments

DOD Releases Gov 2.0 Policy for Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-Based Capabilities

Congratulations to all the people inside and outside of DoD and government service who brought us to this point.

Following is the news release from the DoD's press room and a link to the full memo.

DOD Releases Policy for Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-Based Capabilities

Today the Department of Defense released a policy…

Added by Robin Paoli on February 26, 2010 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Monday will be a Good Day.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the person who points out how the

strong one stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them

better. The credit belongs to the one in the arena, whose face is

marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly...who knows

the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends self in a worthy

cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high

achievement, and who at the worst, if failing, at least… Continue

Added by Deb Forman on February 26, 2010 at 12:10pm — 2 Comments

Federal Eye: Hundreds of stimulus recipients haven't reported on money's whereabouts

An anti-hunger nonprofit based in the District, Queen Anne's County in Maryland and a Virginia dredging company are among 389 recipients of federal stimulus dollars that have failed to report on the whereabouts

of more than $55 million in economic stimulus funding, federal

watchdogs said Thursday.

The total amounts to less than 2 percent of all stimulus recipients and a mere fraction of the roughly $200 billion so far awarded by the recovery program, but the federal…


Added by Ed O'Keefe on February 26, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

Federal Eye: Eye Opener: Fortune cookies promoting the Census

Happy Friday! Some Chinese food lovers in the Pacific Northwest enjoying a fortune cookie may soon get a fortune message that says, "You are an incredibly smart, beautiful person who will enjoy great

success," on one side and "Put down your chopsticks and get involved in

Census 2010" on the other.

The U.S. Census Bureau has paid $3,000 to a Seattle-based fortune cookie maker to add promotional messages about the national headcount…


Added by Ed O'Keefe on February 26, 2010 at 6:07am — No Comments

To the Federal Donors in the National Capital Area: THANK YOU!

Total pledges were up more than 5 percent in 2009, exceeding 2008 contributions by $3.3 million.

Federal employees also exceeded the 2009 campaign goal of $64 million by $2 million.

The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all the…


Added by Combined Federal Campaign on February 25, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Just Do It! Top 5 Tips from the WIRe Conference 2010

I had the chance to attend the WIRe conference over the last couple days on behalf of GovLoop. The Conference theme this year was "Beyond Tools: Transforming Online Intelligence." The event kicked off with remarks from the Director and Managing Editor of the WIRe, Geoffrey Fowler. With insight from past WIRe conferences and setting the tone for this one, he led with 3 words of wisdom: learning, sharing and leading.

Top 5 tips worth mentioning:

1) Thinking about…


Added by Megan Price on February 25, 2010 at 2:15pm — 2 Comments

Customer Service Mantra: Listen, Respect, Follow

From my very first presentation about being a government web manager – way back in the mid-90s - I’ve said this: “if you listen to your audience, they will tell you what to put on your website.” Listening to your audience is absolutely the cornerstone of great customer service. But it doesn’t stop there. You also have to respect what they tell you and follow – yes, I said “follow” – what they say. I know it’s very, very hard to do…especially… Continue

Added by Candi Harrison on February 25, 2010 at 1:25pm — No Comments

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