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May 2009 Blog Posts (296)

Personal Branding: Business cards are obsolete

Business cards are obsolete, fast losing their value in a virtual, green world. Our security blanket is disappearing. Scary thought! Especially since that little card plays a powerful role in creating our professional identity (at least in our minds).



Long a symbol of professionalism, a business card was your ticket to the conference table, to get in the door, to give you instant credibility, maybe even free sandwiches. Not so much anymore.



As everything and… Continue

Added by Nancy Dailey, Ph.D. on May 21, 2009 at 3:00pm — 24 Comments

Elizabeth Warren advocates for Financial Product Safety Commission

http://www.charlierose.com/view/content/10292

Here is a link to her interview on Charlie Rose on 05/11/09, explaining her rationale behind advocating the Financial Product Safety Commission which is gettin some traction (see 05/20/09 Washington Post article).

Added by David L. Friend on May 21, 2009 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Crisis Communications: Takeaways from SMC-DC

Tonight I attended an interesting panel sponsored by Social Media Club-DC about crisis communications. The panelists:

Andy Carvin, NPR

Dallas Lawrence, Levick Strategic Communications

Jon Eick, New Media Strategies

Gayle Weiswasser, TMG Strategies



Part of my job and my team's job is to lead crisis communications efforts for EPA. I mean for things like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Columbia crash. We're not always directly driving, but we're in the… Continue

Added by Jeffrey Levy on May 21, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

President Obama's 2010 Budget Highlights Cloud Computing

President Obama's 2010 Budget (pp. 157-158) has highlighted cloud computing as a key tool for improving innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in Federal IT.



" Cloud-computing is a convenient, on-demand model for network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal… Continue

Added by Kevin Jackson on May 21, 2009 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Help with Twitter

About a month ago, the background and text on our NCSLCOMM Twitter site turned bright red!

It hurts our eyes to look at the page!

When we checked our settings, it still said the background was blue and the text was black (orgional colors). Strange!

When we went to change it, we received a message from Twitter saying there is a problem with our "profile customization," meaning we cannot save anything.



We did file a claim at Twitter's help desk, only to find out that we… Continue

Added by Meagan Dorsch on May 21, 2009 at 10:53am — No Comments

Crab cakes

The biggest hit at the Taste of Arlington event this past Sunday was the Carlyle restaurant's crab cake sandwich. There are many good crab cakes to be had in and around the Washington, DC area -- this was the first time we had those made by Carlyle. One of our favorite crab cakes is made at Clyde's. Clyde's has two versions of crab cake -- the less expensive bar food version and the premium version full of lump crab meat. For our older son's rehearsal dinner at Clyde's of Tysons Corner a few… Continue

Added by Kathy A. Albetski on May 21, 2009 at 9:34am — 5 Comments

Public engagement. Public empowerment.

My keynote from GOVIS 2009 - User Centred Government: More than meets the eye.

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Added by Stephen Collins on May 21, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Does the White House Believe Social Media is too Noisy?

By Kristin Bockius, State & Local Government Social Media Marketing Manager

Bright Side of Government blog



My attention was caught this afternoon when I saw the headline, “White House Strives to Reduce Noise in Social Media Initiatives.” It was a blog post written by Mitch Wagner at InformationWeek. Could it be true that the… Continue

Added by Shany on May 21, 2009 at 9:18am — 3 Comments

Women Mayors - Profiled Today on ElectWomen Magazine

Read about the U.S. Women Mayors - growing, strong and taking leadership positions. Read the story at www.electwomen.com.

Added by Kathy Groob on May 21, 2009 at 8:11am — No Comments

Please Help Me Plan My Meeting With Mr. Vivek Kundra !!

A couple of weeks ago, I was offered a chance to meet Mr. Vivek Kundra at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in downtown Washington, DC. Needless to say, I was honored to be given the opportunity. Although I was clear on my own views of how the Federal government could use cloud computing, the Obama administration's plans were, at that time, anything but certain. What a difference a week makes !!



As has been widely reported, the President's 2010 Budget submission has firmly set… Continue

Added by Kevin Jackson on May 20, 2009 at 11:13pm — 7 Comments

NDU (IRM) and DoD CIO (NII) Co-Hosting Cloud Computing and Cyber Security Symposia

I'm proud to announce two important coming events.



The Information Resources Management (IRM) College and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration)/DOD CIO are co-hosting a symposia on cloud computing at the college’s campus on Fort Lesley J. McNair Washington DC waterfront), Wednesday, July 15, 2009. The event is open to government, private sector, academic, and international attendees.



“The Cloud Computing Symposium” will… Continue

Added by Kevin Jackson on May 20, 2009 at 11:12pm — No Comments

15 Tips For Surviving A Rescue At Sea



There are plenty of ways for mariners to learn safe boating and sailing techniques. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers these courses along with vessel safety checks. But what happens if you end up in the water? There you are, sitting in your life raft hundreds of miles from shore. What happens after the rescue? That's the point… Continue

Added by Benjamin Strong on May 20, 2009 at 10:14pm — No Comments

What does 'transparent' mean for government?

Republished from eGovAU.



eGovernment, or government 2.0, is often discussed as a means to create greater transparency in government.



However has there been a clear definition of what transparency really means for government in Australia?



At the furthest extreme transparency would be like living in a glass house with glass furniture - everyone could see in and view everything that was taking place at all… Continue

Added by Craig Thomler on May 20, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Cool Project - Bright Ideas Book and Submit Your Ideas

I'm always a supporter of new ways to get thought leaders together on how we can improve government.



I thought the NSI Bright Ideas was a cool project to have discussions on how gov't could best invest recovery funds so when they reached out to me, I thought it was a great fit and GovLoop is one of the partners. So I encourage everyone to check it out and share your ideas.





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Join… Continue

Added by GovLoop on May 20, 2009 at 6:34pm — 2 Comments

Briefing Records Managers on Web 2.0

Thanks to Cheryl McKinnon for this slide presentation on "Changing the Face of Enterprise" What Do Records and Information Management Professionals Need to Know About Web 2.0?

The Changing Face of Enterprise.pdf

Added by Lisa Coates on May 20, 2009 at 4:51pm — No Comments

How E-Government is Changing Society and Strengthening Democracy

This newsletter highlights many of the ground-breaking ways Information Technology is being used to transform government-citizen interaction. The newsletter brings to light exciting new ways Federal, state, local and international governments, industry, and non-profits are making government processes more accessible and expanding citizen participation in public policy decision-making.…



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Added by Lisa Nelson on May 20, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Open Government Equals Open Choice

By Teresa Carlson, Microsoft Vice President of U.S. Federal Government Sales



Every time I talk to a client or read the paper, I am reminded that the wheels are in motion for making our President’s vision of an open government a reality. The impetus behind this is the billions of dollars being rolled out to drive economic growth, coupled with the Administration’s requirement that agencies are transparent, collaborative and participatory with other government agencies and… Continue

Added by Shany on May 20, 2009 at 11:51am — No Comments

Federal Eye: Lawmakers Tracking National Archive's Loss of Clinton-Era Data

The acting director of the National Archives and Records Administration will not appear tomorrow before a House subcommittee to explain the possible theft of a hard drive with one terabyte's worth of sensitive data from the Clinton administration, according to congressional staffers. Lawmakers instead will receive regular updates from the NARA inspector general's office and the FBI as they continue their investigation.



Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee… Continue

Added by Ed O'Keefe on May 20, 2009 at 10:38am — No Comments

Mortgage Securitization - explained and how it factored in the financial crisis

http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/09-060.pdf



Thanks to Ezra Klein's blog on washingtonpost.com for the link - the paper is a great read (once you get past the economics) to understand exactly the mortgage back securites (MBS) market fell apart - essentially it was due to (1) bad assumptions of defalut rates, (2) poor ratings of each MBS pool by the rating agencies, and (3) the differences between the single-name bond market and… Continue

Added by David L. Friend on May 20, 2009 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

PODCAST: Michael Brown, Former FEMA Director, Discusses Cyber Security

Following is an exclusive podcast with Michael Brown, former Director of FEMA, on the ITAC Identity Blog. Mr. Brown is an expert on cyber security and provides excellent insights into what our nation can do to better protect itself in this new era of cyber warfare.

Click here to listen to the… Continue

Added by Matt Langan on May 20, 2009 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

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