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May 2011 Blog Posts (692)

Friday Fab Five: Government-ese, Rebuilding Joplin, and How to Woo a Govie

Before you clock out for a long Memorial Day weekend, be sure to check out the...

Friday Fab 5!

Yes, it's Friday yet again, and I'm sure everyone is itching to get away (if you haven't already). So before you break out the barbeque, it's time to take a look back at the week here on GovLoop and highlight some of its greatest moments.



Added by Jeff Ribeira on May 27, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What is the longest meeting you've ever seen?

While serving as Communications Director at a city, I witnessed a city council meeting that lasted until 3:15 a.m. At around midnight, the mayor led the council in stretching and calisthenics.

Have you ever witnessed or participated in a marathon meeting (of an elected or appointed body)? Would love to hear your stories!

Added by Tom Bullington on May 27, 2011 at 10:27am — 4 Comments

My Cup of IT: Digital Markup

By Steve O'Keeffe:

Excavating Pompeii, archeologists found three types of correspondence - love letters, shopping lists, and IG reports on failing Fed IT projects. But seriously folks, how long have we been trying to nail this jell-o to the wall? PMA, Watch Lists, Dashboards, TechStats… Who hasn’t scoffed at Uncle Sam’s IT management mayhem? Well, here’s your chance to get off the pine and into the…


Added by MeriTalk on May 27, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

When Fixing Goes Too Far


I come from a family of fixers of impossible situations.


My grandparents had six kids and no money.


As my aunt S. later put it, “We were so poor we…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on May 27, 2011 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Cleveland RTA adds Segway for supervisors

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (OH) has acquired a Segway to help its service quality supervisors monitor bus and trolley service. “Rather than having someone on foot patrolling 20 blocks, or in a car that would be stuck in traffic most of the time, the Segway is giving our staff more speed and mobility,” said CEO and general manager Joe Calabrese in a…


Added by Susan Bregman on May 27, 2011 at 8:39am — 1 Comment

Friday’s political law links and photos perfect for Memorial Day

DOJ AND ENSIGN. The Hill. “The Justice Department will likely renew its investigation of former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) in light of the more than 1,000 emails the Senate Ethics Committee received at the tail end of its investigation, according to Reuters.”  The Reuters story is…


Added by Eric Brown on May 27, 2011 at 8:14am — No Comments

California Releases Revised FY 2011-2012 Budget

INPUT Analyst Erin Brady reports.


The state of California released Governor Brown's revised FY 2011-12 budget in mid-May 2011. The revised budget addresses the solutions put forth in the Governor's Recommended Budget released in January 2011, along with additional solutions deemed necessary to reduce the state's budget deficit. Even with $13.4 billion in solutions proposed in the…


Added by Kyle Ridley on May 27, 2011 at 7:52am — No Comments

TransLink may cancel U-Pass

After losing up to $15 million a year from missing, stolen, and resold U-Passes, TransLink (BC) is threatening to cancel the student pass program. This year the agency provided about 80,000 U-Passes to students at six Vancouver-area colleges and universities at a discounted rate of $30 per month; the non-transferable passes are good for travel on buses, SkyTrain, and SeaBus.…


Added by Susan Bregman on May 27, 2011 at 6:38am — No Comments

Memorial Day 2011

Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.

Daniel Webster

They fell, but o'er their glorious grave

Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.

Francis Marion Crawford

Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes - Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders,… Continue

Added by James V. Pritchert on May 27, 2011 at 6:22am — No Comments

Weekly Round-up: May 27, 2011

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

  • Good thing Corridor is up and running.  Due to budget cuts, Federal CIO Kundra…

Added by Gadi Ben-Yehuda on May 27, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Judge delays ruling on Metrolink cameras

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge wants more time to consider whether a lawsuit by Metrolink (CA) engineers should go to trial. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen object to video cameras placed in locomotives and cab cars, saying that the surveillance infringes on their due process rights and their privacy. Judge Luis Lavin expects to issue a final…


Added by Susan Bregman on May 27, 2011 at 5:38am — No Comments

The Education System and the Culture of Entitlement

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: our career expectations are totally messed up.

You know what else I think?

The school system, a system that we spend the better part of our lives in, is a key contributor.

In school the curriculum is linear and clearly defined; teachers check homework daily; and students advance en masse (yearly) often irrespective of their relative abilities.

But can we really blame new recruits for failing to…

Added by Nicholas Charney on May 27, 2011 at 5:08am — 1 Comment

High Performance Clusters – Unleashing an Innovation Nation


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When setting up as an prototype example of Open Government, I was keenly motivated by a number of ideas from other sources, in particular Cisco’s ‘Next Generation Cluster’.

First, other ideas that went in included one…


Added by Neil McEvoy on May 27, 2011 at 4:38am — No Comments

We’re on GovLoop

GovLoop is my favourite example of tailoring a social web community towards a particular audience. It’s absolutely the best medium for catalyzing new ideas and spreading best practices at the speed of thought.

I have set up a new group to cater for our forthcoming Open Government Canada webinar, you can virtually meet and greet with some of the attendees there.…


Added by Neil McEvoy on May 26, 2011 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Share the Power!

The first ever SharePoint Conference for State Department staff was held Monday, May 16, and featured SharePoint evangelist Dux Raymond Sy as keynote speaker. The Conference theme, "Share the Power," appropriately characterized all aspects of the event. The organizing tasks were shared by staff from the…


Added by Sandra Yeaman on May 26, 2011 at 6:27pm — 4 Comments

RailsConf 2011

Last week I had the chance to attend my first RailsConf.  Dan, Erik and Scott from Code for America were also in attendance at the conference. The conference was filled with great tutorial sessions, tech sessions and some inspiring keynotes. Here are some quick snippets from the…


Added by Abhi Nemani on May 26, 2011 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Redefining Success: Is There Only One Way To An Education?

The question of whether or not a college education pays has been rumbling on the sidelines of reform discussions for some years.  It got a renewed kick in the rear this week when PayPal co-founder, Facebook investor and billionaire Peter Thiel offered 20 promising young people a $100,000 not to go to college and instead pursue their entrepreneurial talents.  The challenge, however, is not an issue of college vs. no-college, rather it is a question of how we are defining success and are we…


Added by Kathleen Schafer on May 26, 2011 at 4:38pm — 6 Comments

“Post-9/11 Generation” of Public Companies Targeted for Acquisition

From KippsDeSanto Market Pulse:


By Michael J. Misantone

Director, KippsDeSanto & Co.

Posted on May 26th, 2011

Posted under:…


Added by Tonya Broughton on May 26, 2011 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Day In The GovLife: Charles Ray, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe

Welcome to the initial post of Day In The GovLife. This series will look into cool and or obscure government jobs and get the scoop on what it's like to be in that role, how you can get there and overall advice for govies.


Day In The GovLife…


Added by Stephen Peteritas on May 26, 2011 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

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