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May 2010 Blog Posts (380)

DoD, NASA and GSA Address Secure Cloud Computing

On Thursday, May 26th, the Federal Executive Forum featured three important Federal cloud computing leaders:
  • David McClure- Associate Administrator, GSA Office of Citizen Services and Communications
  • Col. Kevin Foster- Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Chris Kemp- CTO, NASA Ames
The one hour program… Continue

Added by Kevin Jackson on May 29, 2010 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Cloud Computing Day at DoDIIS

I'm declaring Monday, May 24th, as Cloud Computing Day at DoDIIS. Lieutenant General Richard Zahner, Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G2, seemed to get things going with his video that highlighted the future Army's dependence on "cloud nodes". I also enjoyed the keynote by EMC Corporation Board Chairman, President and CEO Joseph Tucci's "A New Vision of IT: The Private Cloud". As I listed last week, many of the breakout sessions also focused on cloud. In fact, an additional Wednesday session titled… Continue

Added by Kevin Jackson on May 29, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Mr. President: Tear Down Those Walls!

Whenever I get a chance for some free time on trips to Washington, DC, I walk or run along the National Mall. Our nation's capitol is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, especially in and around the monuments and memorials.

But then I walk a block off the Mall and see all those ugly, boxy buildings, and I wonder:

"What if we demanded as citizens that

these monstrosities get torn down?"

In my…

Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on May 29, 2010 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Procurement 2.0 Resources & Tweets - Prelude to BuyCamp

A long, long time ago in a...screw it.

The recent Procurement 2.0 session at the Gov 2.0 Expo gave me some thoughts about the potential of BuyCamp. -- it can be like the Procurement 2.0 talk, but just a whole lot more of them, with more variety. It'll be crazy great.

We need some fun things to hold us over until November. (Yes, BuyCamp is in November).…


Added by Sterling Whitehead on May 28, 2010 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Gov 2.0 Round Up May 28 Edition

The Gov 2.0 Expo comes to a close, GovLoop's founder gives advice on government "awesomeness," the city of Manor, TX, innovates again, and a public/private partnership will bring the mysterious planet of Mars much closer to home, all in this week's pre-Memorial Day edition of the Rock Creek Roundup.

--I was fortunate enough to attend the Gov 2.0 Expo this past week, and was impressed by the presentations and… Continue

Added by Meagen Ryan on May 28, 2010 at 5:06pm — No Comments

House kills Republican effort to cut federal pay

The House on Friday essentially killed Republican efforts to freeze the salaries of federal workers next fiscal year, voting 227 to 183 to table a proposal introduced by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

The Minnesota Republican introduced the measure after it won this week's Republican YouCut contest that is…


Added by Ed O'Keefe on May 28, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

GL Interviews from Mgmt of Change - State Dept, Mobile Tech, and More

So I interviewed a few people at the Management of Change conference in Philly

Tom Suder of Concert Technologies and social media rockstar

Gary Galloway of State Department, MOC chair talking about the amazing conference…


Added by GovLoop on May 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Going Green While We're In The Red

Although our economy remains to be weak, there's one bright side to this - U.S. solar power companies have increased their revenue by 36% last year, while adding 17,000 jobs.

Why the sunny outlook for this business sector? Grants and tax breaks which were included in the economic stimulus bill. If the government extended this assistance, the result could easily create another 200,000 jobs in the solary industry (along with…


Added by Tricia on May 28, 2010 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Lessons and Highlights from Gov 2.0 Expo

Aaron Smith and Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet Project recently attended the Gov 2.0 Expo, a smorgasbord of policy, technology and citizen engagement put on by the good folks at O'Reilly Media. These are their notes from the conference (crossposted from the Pew Internet site)…


Added by Aaron Smith on May 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment


(WASHINGTON)—The Acting Regional Director of the FLRA’s Washington Region today issued his ruling on the representation petition filed by AFGE in its bid to formally represent some 40,000 Transportation Security nationwide.

In dismissing the AFGE petition, Acting RD Peter Sutton cited the 2003 Decision of the full Authority, which held that the agency has no jurisdiction over which to process the petition. This is an expected turn of events in that the union is now free to appeal the… Continue

Added by AFGE National on May 28, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hey!!! Its Friday and I am in my elements

Its FRIDAY !!!!

Thanks to Adobe Photoshop, I can dance with anyone, anyhow, anytime !!!

Added by Srinidhi Boray on May 28, 2010 at 9:34am — 3 Comments

Gov 2.0: Are You Ready? You've Made the Decision, What is the Impact?

By Luis Benavides, Business Development Manager

In the past when I was invited to talk to customers about SharePoint on NetApp (…


Added by Luis Benavides on May 28, 2010 at 8:38am — No Comments

It’s a marathon – find your pace bunny and settle in

Over the last decade or so of my toiling away in the government online world, I’ve often joked about the need for web champions to don capes and prowl the halls bringing attention to the potential of the web and the ‘super’ people bringing our sites to life.

My thinking has evolved. Gone are my longing for capes – it’s now time for the pace bunnies! The gun’s been fired and departmental wikis, internal blogs and online communities are all off and running. Settle in folks,…


Added by Martha McLean on May 28, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Table for 1

I was blow away yesterday when I came in to work and saw this in the lobby. It is a table set for one person. A place setting, a rose in a vase with…


Added by Tim McCrosson on May 28, 2010 at 8:13am — No Comments

Transcendent Purpose, Ability to Master and be Self Directed - Chief Factors for great Creativity!!!! Not MONEY....

One of the best presentation that captures artist's idiocy to become highly skilled contributor to society defeating all economic prudence - transcendent purpose.

Working for any public office must be this - Transcendent Purpose and Highly… Continue

Added by Srinidhi Boray on May 27, 2010 at 8:10pm — 1 Comment

What I want to sell

Bruce sent me an email outlining his ideas for upgrading his business. He had three things he wanted to sell

I have seen this before. When people are upgrading their offering, they start by focusing on what THEY want.

Two of the offerings were what he does real well. We’ve been doing it for years.

I asked if he had ever sold the third. Well…no.

So let’s start developing the descriptions of how the customers saw the value in the past. That’s the… Continue

Added by Dick Davies on May 27, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

New Software-as-a-Service Platform and Applications for Government

Today, Granicus, Inc. released a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to provide government agencies at the local, state, and federal level the tools they need to manage and broadcast rich-media online and engage citizens in the democratic process in new ways. Additionally, it's now offering five new application suites which can be… Continue

Added by Lauren Alexander on May 27, 2010 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Gov 2 Expo - Notes form Sonal Shah - WH Director of Soc Entrepreneurship

Sonal Shah - WH Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

How do we look at these problems differently? With technology, innovation, and people...what keeping us from scaling great ideas.

3 perspectives the office works from:

1-Capital - How can gov't deploy capital differently to ensure best ideas to capital. In social sectors, get a grant and moves slow 3-5. Innovation fund - for fund capital and scale capital. At NCCC and Ed have these funds

2 -… Continue

Added by GovLoop on May 27, 2010 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Gov 2 Expo - Anil Dash - Expert Labs

These are the most interestingly technological challenges we can engage in

Participation -

Expert Labs - independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan

-help policy makers make decision makers make better decisions through crowdsourcing

-Part of AAAS

-Can publish their findngs as an experiment

Got to make ideas accessible

-Time for me to get a new phone...what smartphone should I get? Was able to get tons of responses. Not just # of responses. But also high… Continue

Added by GovLoop on May 27, 2010 at 3:44pm — No Comments

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