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September 2011 Blog Posts (678)

Markets, Market Planning, Marketing, Business Development and Sales

I’m in the process of considering going out on my own again, after almost two years with a small “boutique” firm. The exercise in trying to help them grow had its pluses and minuses. One of the insights I already knew, but this experience provided a more current data point: Without an ongoing effort every day to identify opportunities, move those through a…


Added by Brian K Seitz on September 29, 2011 at 10:03am — No Comments

Daily Dose: Where Does Your Agency Rank in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey?

Joe Davidson from the Washington Post reports that the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey has been released by OPM. The survey is conducted annually to learn how feds feel about their workplace. The post reports that over 266,000 federal employees completed the agreement. The Post…


Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 29, 2011 at 9:43am — No Comments

Hacking the Shires

A couple of days ago we featured an interview with Bristol City Council on their B-Open Competition. From the South West we move to the Midlands where we ask one of the…


Added by Noel Hatch on September 29, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Benchmarking The Performance Of Cities

Each year local governments struggle to address budget deficits by generating new revenue and spending cuts to close budget gaps. Elected officials typically think short term and rely on one shot measures rather than permanent changes to cost structures. Local governments need to operate smarter and cheaper. According to a recent study by IBM titled Smarter, Faster, Cheaper - An Operations Efficiency…


Added by Paul Wolf on September 29, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments

Determination is the key

“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”

Sonia Johnson







Added by Nateria Dickey on September 29, 2011 at 9:20am — No Comments

Sharing Social Media Resources for the Public Sector

Please check out my Research Blog post from yesterday for a link to some great social media tips aimed at nonprofit professionals but good for everyone in the public sector, interesting article links and, of course, a plug for GovLoop. 


I am just starting to get the blog rolling and would love feedback. 

Added by Gayla Pickett Schaefer on September 29, 2011 at 9:13am — No Comments

Start-up carsharing service comes to Stanford

A new peer-to-peer car-sharing serving that links people to cars via Facebook launched at Stanford University this week.  Wheelz hopes to distinguish itself from similar services by using existing social networks on college and university campuses. To help amp up the trust factor, which can make or break…


Added by Susan Bregman on September 29, 2011 at 9:03am — No Comments

Recruitment 411: Seven Simple Steps to Maintain Morale


The other day I was reading the Ragan Communications newsletter and came across an article titled  10 inexpensive ways to boost employee morale. I was immediately interested, not because my office is in need of…


Added by Chris IRS Recruiter on September 29, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Open Or Complete?

I read a lot of commenting from open source enthusiasts about the disadvantages of what is not “open,” which frequently gets into philosophical concepts.
I don’t derive much value from philosophical…

Added by Dick Davies on September 29, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Looking for opportunities within the government for about 12 years

I have been applying for federal government jobs for about 12 years on and off, and within that 12 years I have not been offered not one job. I have worked very hard to obtain my Bachelor's degree in Information Systems and now I'm finishing up my last semester in Health Systems Management for my Master's degree. I have even went so far as to pay someone to polish up my resume for employment with the federal government. Still reject after reject, what am I doing wrong? I know I am more than… Continue

Added by Dionne Babycakes Taylor on September 29, 2011 at 8:42am — 2 Comments

The Six-Pack - Week Five College Football - from Govloop's Bureaucrat on Sports, the Hokie Guru

Congratulations to my friend, Govloop (Steve Ressler) on his upcoming marriage.  Very happy for him and his fiance'. 


Let's start this Thursday with something from Aaliyah:



Added by Matthew Stephen Worner on September 29, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

MBTA to test plug-in hybrid pickups

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is testing 10 plug-in hybrid electric pickup trucks as part of a national test with Chrysler. In return for the vehicles, the MBTA has agreed to drive the Ram trucks at least 1,500 miles per month and to share data with Chrysler for the next three years. A $48 million stimulus grant from the…


Added by Susan Bregman on September 29, 2011 at 7:03am — No Comments

New York to launch another BRT route

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY) plans to introduce a bus rapid transit route in midtown Manhattan starting in November. The route will replace existing service on 34th Street between Second Avenue and Ninth Avenue. The Select Bus Service routes use wireless technology to extend green lights for approaching buses and operate in bus-only lanes (enforced by surveillance…


Added by Susan Bregman on September 29, 2011 at 6:03am — No Comments

Mobile delivery

This is another 'you've not really thought this through, have you Lou?' post. Sorry about that - if you want more professional and cohesive writing go see here where Hewlett Packard are kindly hosting some of my scribblings.

Mobile libraries, I am willing to bet, are an endangered species right now. Rarer than the Thompsons Gazelle, harder to find than a… Continue

Added by Louise K on September 29, 2011 at 5:03am — No Comments

APWA Conference – Day 3

General Session

Denver Colorado Sept 2011

Steven Johnson let the general session of the third day of APWA’s conference. His topic was “Creativity and the Brain—Where do good Ideas Come From?” Johnson started by sharing the story about John Snow who worked with maps and government mortality data to help determine the…


Added by Pam Broviak on September 28, 2011 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Please Participate in Survey About

Please consider participating in a user survey respecting, the official, free online source for UK statutes. The survey is available on the main site -- from the "Survey" tab on right screen -- or directly here. The deadline for participating in the survey is 30 September…


Added by Rob Richards on September 28, 2011 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Personal Disaster Wash, Rinse, Repeat: Penelope Trunk's Brilliant But Dangerous Personal Brand


Penelope Trunk has written extensively about her own history of abuse,  institutionalization,…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on September 28, 2011 at 9:03pm — No Comments

President Obama’s American Jobs Act


Congress is now sitting on President Obama’s American Jobs Act. It emphasizes infrastructure improvements and tax cuts. Given the politics, it will not move quickly. Congress just isn’t interested because it affects your life, not theirs.




Added by Patricia A. O'Malley on September 28, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

District 5 Celebrates their Mortgage Burning and Building Rededication

AFGE's District 5 building has officially been named after National Vice President Emeritus Kenneth Blaylock.

 On August 27, AFGE District 5 made history as they celebrated their “Mortgage Burning” and Building Rededication Ceremony.

The building is now officially named after National Vice President…


Added by AFGE National on September 28, 2011 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Compliance-Driven Agencies and Technology, Part II

Last week, I wrote about the characteristics of a compliance-driven agency. This week, I want to connect those characteristics to key elements of document management solutions to illustrate how a document management…


Added by Terri Jones on September 28, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

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