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November 2008 Blog Posts (103)

Results of "Can you design a game to reveal the 'ethical truth' of a person?" Challenge...

Just thought folks might be interested in these two posts that capture the results of this interesting of the game designs even featured a government situation!

DevLearn08: The Great (and community-powered) ILS Challenge…


Added by Mark Oehlert on November 18, 2008 at 8:48am — 1 Comment

GovLoop....the Social Network for Govt 2.0

(cross-post from my blog, would love to be able to tie that into here)

Govloop I am noticing a hockey stick-like moment for ning lately - at least in my circles. Brent stood up one for our summer session on 2.0, the folks behind…


Added by Mark Oehlert on November 18, 2008 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

Bounce Rate

My Bounce Rate for the first 30 days of Google Analytic was 65.2%. 70% is Bad and 40% is really good.

Added by Steven Hagen on November 17, 2008 at 3:31pm — 3 Comments

TSP Talk - Rally Quickly Fails, but Technically Still OK

Welcome to our Monday morning TSP / market commentary: (Updated daily at TSP Talk)

Stocks could not follow-through on Friday after Thursday's big reversal day, as the Dow gave back 338 of Thursday's 553-point gain. The TSP stock funds dropped between 4% and 5.6%, which is really amazing, but quite routine lately.

If there is any bright spot, the market gave back less than 50% of Thursday's trough to peak rally. This can be… Continue

Added by Tom Crowley on November 17, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments and Cluen: A Case Study in Privacy

The following is cross-posted from my blog at AriWriter:

Surely you've heard of the Obama-Biden Transition Project and know it's a 501c(4) organization, right? Have you visited the official website at, read the blog, and shared your vision for America?

If you think like I do, perhaps you agree… Continue

Added by Ari Herzog on November 16, 2008 at 9:10pm — 11 Comments

Survey – What would Make Your Job Better?

I’ve had the survey question – “What Would Make Your Job Better” – on the site for a few weeks. I found the responses very interesting:

-Cooler Projects - 32.2%

-More Money - 32.2%

-Better Co-Workers - 23.3%

-Better Benefits - 12.3%

I think it is great that the #1 answer (tied) is – “Cooler Projects.” I think this is the most simple need employees have that is often left out of the HR talent literature. People want to work on something meaningful –… Continue

Added by GovLoop on November 16, 2008 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Social Media, Millennials and Obama...and FDR?

Originally posted at The GenerationShift Blog:

There is no doubt that social media and the Millennials were two intertwined forces that propelled Obama to the Presidency.

Offering evidence to the idea that Obama will be the first President to use web-based, social media as a primary communications tool, this morning I saw a link on Yahoo! to what is about to become a weekly radio address from President-Elect… Continue

Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on November 15, 2008 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

GovLoop's Bureaucrat on Sports - AP Top 25 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision - Selected Week 12 Picks (Call it Revenge Week)

Who's a giant killer, baby? Virginia Military Institute defeated the University of Kentucky in a major college basketball upset tonight. The Hokie Guru loves David vs. Goliath stories. We all do!! It's November madness with the Hokie Guru!!

Cincinnati controls its own destiny in the Big East and has one college… Continue

Added by Matthew Stephen Worner on November 15, 2008 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

The Collaboration Fund -- an idea for better government

We have two challenges today. 1. The economy is in a funk and 2. We have too many organizational stovepipes So, why not convince the new administration to setup The Collaboration Fund. The fund would disburse awards to those government employees who were the best collaborators. The backbone of the program would be a government collaboration networking website like govloop, where civil servants could post their problems and others could seek to help them. They could then post the results of… Continue

Added by Rob Spalding on November 14, 2008 at 9:51pm — 3 Comments

Going to DC for the weekend

Spending the weekend north of DC just heard that people are renting out their houses for upperward of 500 dollars a night for Obama's inauguration. It is two months away and we have Vegas at New Years prices. I am thinking that it will be a mad house in all of DC come the end of January. So any one have plans for being at the event?.

Added by Steven Hagen on November 14, 2008 at 8:22pm — 1 Comment

Federal Eye: Nuts and Bolts: Obama's Flight to D.C.

A new presidential administration invokes plenty of great traditions and events, including the activity surrounding a transition and inauguration. Then there are all the other routine Washington occurrences, such as the State of the Union, confirmation hearings and the budget process.

While other Post colleagues handle the hard news from those big events, The Eye will train his sights on the federal offices and employees that help put them together for a series of reports we’ll call…… Continue

Added by Ed O'Keefe on November 14, 2008 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

FACA 2.0: Social MEdia and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Art of the Possible

I'm the Executive Secretary of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). FACA is a fabulous idea, with the goal of keeping the public aware of what's going on in their governemnt, but the rules are antiquated and mired in bureaucratic. The bottom line is that it's not nimble enough to deal with the rapid pace at which the general public communicates and learns. Let me break down the issues:

The Problem:

The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) ensures public… Continue

Added by Ryan Owens on November 14, 2008 at 8:54am — 7 Comments

Federal Eye: The Plum Book: How Do I Apply For a Job?

Following yesterday's rolling coverage of the Plum Book, a few (newly!) loyal readers have asked how one goes about applying for a job listed in the Plum Book.

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, responsible for the book's publication, suggests you:

1.) Contact your representative or senator if you're applying for the highest level jobs.

2.) If you're interested in a non-career position, fill out the online application form on the… Continue

Added by Ed O'Keefe on November 14, 2008 at 7:28am — 2 Comments

A Patriot's Reading List

No matter which side of the political fence you're on, these books should prove engaging and enlightening, not to mention pertinent to our time. (If you are uber pro-Bush then you might enjoy the Fareed Zakaria and Reza Aslan books more than the more lefty works). This is just a small collection of some that I've read. There are many others out there. Perhaps you have a few you'd like to add?

The End of America, by Naomi Wolf

Every nation that has become a dictatorship –… Continue

Added by GeekChick on November 13, 2008 at 11:34pm — 9 Comments

Federal Eye: What Would You Do? Adapting YouTube, Facebook and MySpace to Governing

One of the first things The Eye learned as he began his new beat is that many federal workers have felt undervalued, under-appreciated and frustrated in recent years about the lack of innovation and creativity allowed in the workplace.

"Front-line employees have a really good idea of how to do the work of the federal government better," says Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union. "Current employees and potential employees are looking for a way to put… Continue

Added by Ed O'Keefe on November 13, 2008 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

Presidential Transition Update from The Council for Excellence in Government

Following a lengthy Presidential campaign and the historic election of President-elect Barack Obama, all eyes are now on the Presidential Transition. Selecting a team of excellent appointees, getting them on the job or shortly after January 20, and preparing them to hit the ground running to address urgent challenges are Jobs One, Two and Three for the new team.

The Council has been hard at work preparing key information resources and tools to assist in the Transition.

The… Continue

Added by David Roberts on November 13, 2008 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

Federal Eye: The Eye Opener: Nov. 13, 2008

Great news! Wednesday was our first full day of existence and The Federal Eye quickly became one of's well-read blogs. This makes The Eye, his editors and Almost Mrs. Eye (the fiancee) very happy. Keep it up!

Now onto the news and events of the day...

Read More Here >>>

Added by Ed O'Keefe on November 13, 2008 at 8:41am — 1 Comment

Review Teams for Treasury, State, Defense Announced

We told you yesterday that the Obama-Biden transition team would announce the names of those leading the agency reviews, and they've just released the names of those leading such efforts at the departments of treasury, state and defense.

What do you think? Do you know these people? Like them? Don't like them? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below or e-mail…


Added by Ed O'Keefe on November 12, 2008 at 5:10pm — 2 Comments

Who Needs Fantasy Football?

This NYT cabinet-picker sounds like a lot more fun to me. There again, I also think administration is fun. This makes me maybe not the best judge of popular taste. I also thought cool ranch doritos were a horrible idea, but look how well they turned out. I liked "The American Embassy," too.

Added by Kate Yemelyanov on November 12, 2008 at 4:40pm — 1 Comment

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