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How Not to Become a Chain Social-Media Addict

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Are you ever at a party, or with some friends and start twitching to check your phone? Do you ever tweet or post a Facebook update just to experience the high of the…


Added by Lauren Modeen on July 31, 2011 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Some Unsolicited PR Advice For Any Politician Involved In The Debt Crisis Now



1. Go away from the cameras until you make a…

Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on July 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Phone Tips & Tricks: There's a Government App for That!

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I don't know about you, but I have a big thing for apps.  These days you can find an app for pretty much anything out there, which is great, but I…


Added by GovLoop on July 29, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Having a Little Fun with Official Social Media: Old Spice And @EPAgov

Are you familiar with last year's Old Spice ad campaign? They featured a formed NFL player and were hilarious.  Here's one of my favorites for context:


The true social media genius, though, was that they invited people to tweet requests to him, and then they shot short video responses.  In each one, he reads the full tweet and then responds in the…


Added by Jeffrey Levy on July 29, 2011 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

Children are the best teachers…

One of the many joys of having young children is that they can teach you so much – how to enjoy simple moments, how to express yourself through dance and how to skip along to just about anything. One of the most interesting areas my children teach me most in is about how human behaviour has changed around the use of technology.

The look on my sons (7 & 5) faces tells me so much when I try to explain that when I was their age, or even a bit older – I had to wait over an hour to…


Added by Carl Haggerty on July 29, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The day I went to Google New York


Added by Jamie Kirk on July 29, 2011 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

The Coming Flight Of The Managers


What are we going to do when all the managers get tossed from the coop because Gary Hamel said we don’t need them?

Yesterday in a Harvard Business Review webinar sponsored by Dell, he talked about his research on W.L. Gore, where managers are nonexistent. To…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on July 29, 2011 at 9:40am — 9 Comments

#High5Fridays: Get your govie high5 on every friday!

Giving a High5 is a great way to acknowledge an awesome co-worker, a job well done, and teamwork. I try to give a least five High5's each day.

In honor of all the awesomeness going on at our 2011 Next Generation of Government Summit, I am launching #High5Fridays and I'm asking all GovLoopers to help me get this party started!

Watch the promo video:…


Added by Joseph Porcelli on July 29, 2011 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Live Blogging the 2011 Next Generation of Government Summit: Morning Keynote (Day 2)

P.S. I'll be tweeting the Wellness at Work: Get Your Erg On! breakout session starting in just a couple of minutes. Keep an eye out for the #NGGS3 tag and @nextgengovt for updates.


10:30 a.m. Panel Q and A, continued.

Q: You've found a great new technology that will solve a problem your agency is confronting, but your legal and IT departments are against…


Added by Stephanie Slade on July 29, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

NGG11 For Dummies: Day One (The CliffsNotes Version)

Today’s #1 Lesson

Getting Big Things Done: Answered by Aditya Kumar, Deputy Assistant to Vice President Joe Biden

Sometimes we are tasked with solving a problem, tackling a BHAG [see below], providing an answer, or managing a project that has never been attempted before.


I asked: “When faced with such a task, how do…


Added by Candace Riddle on July 28, 2011 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

GovLoop Mentors: First Steps to Success

GovLoop runs a first-of-its-kind Mentors Program that seeks to connect rising stars with seasoned professionals across government. We've facilitated nearly 250 pairings since 2011. The message below is for people who were fortunate enough to make a match. In the spirit of community and knowledge sharing, we're posting it so that all members can observe the process. If…


Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on July 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

GovLoopers! What if anything are you hearing about contingency planning at agencies if no debt deal?


Yes it could be shutdown-land all over again... We aren't hearing a thing and figure there must be some planning going on... mustnt there??? Any thoughts?? Answer here or try me at 

Added by Lisa Rein on July 27, 2011 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Changes to the GovLoop Homepage

Savvy GovLoopers may have noticed a few changes to the GovLoop homepage as of this morning. We wanted to let you know that we've been listening to your feedback and critiques and are continually working to make GovLoop as awesome as it can possibly be. On the eve of Next Gen 2011, we decided to go ahead and roll out a few improvements. If you have any ideas on how we can be better serving you, please don't hesitate to let us know. Until then, enjoy the…


Added by Stephanie Slade on July 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Need help with your Personal Debt Ceiling?

With all the talk and news about our National Debt Ceiling it's not a bad idea to look at your own person debt ceiling and think about how you are managing your finances in today's economy. 


The Dream Big Site is a cool site for you to find tips, tools, and resources to help you plan and save for your financial goals.  The site is produced by the ICMA Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC), a not-for-profit…


Added by Doug Mashkuri on July 27, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Industry and Government Relations Continue To Be A Challenge

Recently at the National Contract Management Association’s World Congress in Denver, the clouds and storms that rolled into the mile-high city were harbingers of things to come for the week as the relationship between government and industry seems to continue a downward trend at a time when it needs to improve. However, it is the current adversarial atmosphere that was on full display at the conference and illustrated the difficulties that lay ahead in improving… Continue

Added by Jaime Gracia on July 27, 2011 at 9:32am — No Comments

Next Gen - Live Stream & Twitter Stream

Next Gen is one day away and we've had a flood of last minute flurry - from registration questions, questions, and our assembly line.


Live Stream

We are really stoked to live stream a number of our sessions at Next Gen.  More info coming on the exact schedule but for sure we'll be live streaming crazy Nick Charney's opening keynote on Thursday at 9am EST and the closing session Friday at 3pm.   Outside of live streaming the…


Added by GovLoop on July 27, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

25 Years of Scholarships

When FEEA began serving the civilian federal employee community in 1986, the cost of a college education was, on average, less than $20,000/year, including room and board, at the top private universities. Even then, federal families were hard pressed to afford to put themselves or their children through school.

As founding board member and current executive director Steve Bauer remembers, “Just as Pell grants and… Continue

Added by FEEA on July 27, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Importance of UX at CfA

CfA Fellow Jeremy Canfield recently published a short piece in UX Magazine, “Why UXers should Code for America,” on the importance of interaction design and user-centric development:

Despite its name, the Code for America Fellowship isn’t just…


Added by Abhi Nemani on July 26, 2011 at 5:18pm — 1 Comment

Recruitment 411: The ADA Comes of Age

Today is the 21st anniversary of the signing of Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ADA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. It was designed to provide increased civil rights for…


Added by Chris IRS Recruiter on July 26, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Managing Complexity

The deficit showdown reflects a challenge of modern times:  how can government – and society – deal with increased complexity? A new book may point the way.


Noted government observer Donald Kettl, wrote several years ago that the government of the future needs to develop three things to deal with increased complexity:  knowledge-driven…


Added by John Kamensky on July 26, 2011 at 9:53am — 5 Comments

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