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Top 6 Survey Best Practices

By John Simpson, Engagement Consultant at GovDelivery

Surveys can be a great tool to gather public feedback, project impressions or even program success stories from your key audiences. However, the structure of the survey needs to be well planned in order to increase participation and get the insights you need. Organizations can…


Added by Mary Yang on August 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Importance of Design in a Mobile-Optimized Email

By Koi Hernandez, Design Fellow at GovDelivery

Design as a whole is a very broad subject—from street signs to buildings to T.V. ads—design touches nearly every element of our lives. But that doesn’t mean it’s always done well.

As a government communicator, design can make or break the comprehension of your message—the components that make your message easy on the eyes, but also that tell a story to get your stakeholder to take action and engage with your organization’s…


Added by Mary Yang on August 11, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

CSF013: How To Get Funding For Your Start-Up with David Hornik


In this episode I interview Venture Capitalist David Hornik.

You’ll find out:

  • How to obtain funding for your start-up
  • Why it’s important to build relationships in business
  • The importance of being a giver
  • Why you should start a blog



Added by Meiko Patton on August 11, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

Local Governments Adopting Online Engagement

Join us for our next NCDD Tech Tuesday, on August 26th from 1-2pm Eastern / 10-11am Pacific, with:

  • Della RuckerTech_Tuesday_Badge , Managing Editor of EngagingCities (focusing on the intersection between internet technologies and community engagement), and Chief Instigator at Wise Economy
  • Susan Stuart…

Added by Sandy Heierbacher on August 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why We Need More Chief Data Officers

To manage the growing volume of data, government agencies need to look at hiring more Chief Data Officers

Big data is driving game-changing innovations in both the private and…


Added by Pat Fiorenza on August 11, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Watch the video of the GovHack 2014 Red Carpet Awards

The GovHack Red Carpet Awards was awesome (as you can see from the liveblog from Sunday).

If you weren't able to attend or watch the event's livestream, the video of the awards is now live at the GovHack site, and I've embedded it below for your convenience.…


Added by Craig Thomler on August 11, 2014 at 5:32am — No Comments

What Is A TransFERS?

There was a FERS open season held back in 1987-88 and 1998, allowing employees with at least five years of Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) service to voluntarily transfer to FERS during one of the two open…


Added by Public Sector Retirement on August 11, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Senate Salutes Federal Employees

Well, not the entire Senate, yet.  Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) recently introduced a bill called the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) which would give federal employees a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015.  The proposed pay raise is welcomed news for Federal employees.  …


Added by Public Sector Retirement on August 10, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

5 Laws of Social Media You Aren't Following Right Now

This past year has been a stunning opportunity to learn from the highly skilled people on my staff at the National Archives about what social media excellence is. I'm participating in an educational panel (in my own professional capacity**) in D.C. next week and will be drawing on some lessons they've…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on August 10, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Determining If A Trust Is Right For You

It seems to be the general concensus that a Last Will and Testament is an essential part of a good estate plan but Living Trusts are not as widely used nor understood.  Although many may think that probate is a negative of the Last Will and Testament, a great many individuals remain comfortable with…


Added by Public Sector Retirement on August 9, 2014 at 5:10pm — No Comments

TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

Bombing in Gaza.  The Russians amassing troops at the Ukrainian border.  U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq.  The European economy rapidly slowing down.  An Ebola outbreak.  And U.S. stocks were up last week.  It took a 186-points rally in the Dow on Friday to push the indices into positive territory, and that probably took many investors by surprise.

The indices were very oversold and due for a bounce, and that is the setup market timers…


Added by Tom Crowley on August 9, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Closing the Tech Gap in Education

Every day it seems you flip on the news and there is another story of schools needing to cut back their budgets. Times are tight, but for our students to get ahead they have to be proficient with technology. 

Technology can be the great…


Added by Emily Jarvis on August 8, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Fast Tracking New Employees – The Penn Way

When you start a new job the onboarding process can seem endless. You have your technology trainings, security trainings, even getting your email set up can take a day or two to get set up. Seriously. Pennsylvania is working to streamline the onboarding process by going digital.


“The state set up an online onboarding program for all new hires. New workers (about 200…


Added by Emily Jarvis on August 8, 2014 at 11:16am — 2 Comments

The Future of Digital Public Service [New Report]

Public-sector organizations at all levels are rapidly moving into the era of digital government. From the White House Digital Government Strategy to digital curriculum…


Added by Adrian Pavia on August 8, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Citizens’ Initiative Review Process Launches in Colorado

Our friends at Healthy Democracy, an NCDD organizational member, recently made an announcement that I am personally excited about, and that we wanted to let you know about too: the Citizens’ Initiative Review Process is expanding to Colorado!

As a Colorado resident myself, I couldn’t be more pleased that this innovative democratic process is coming to my…


Added by Sandy Heierbacher on August 8, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

Keeping Things Secure on the Internet of Things

In the late 1990s, General Motors began installing its OnStar technology in its vehicles. The service is powered by GPS and mobile phone data and allows drivers to communicate directly with assistance personnel, receive turn-by-turn navigation and conduct vehicle diagnostics.


OnStar is one of the first and most well known instances of the Internet of Things to hit the consumer market on a large-scale basis. The solution gives more freedom to drivers, connects vehicles to…


Added by Mallory Thayer on August 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

HR and Talent Management – Getting Strategic

In the human capital, human resources and talent management worlds, we hear more and more about the importance of these fields, how significant they are and why they matter. At the same time, there is also much written and discussed about elevating HR to a more strategic role and how to make that…


Added by Joe Abusamra on August 8, 2014 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

When They Just Won't Listen

A few weeks ago we were walking around the neighborhood and a little girl ran up to us. 

"I'm lost!"

She was about six years old and very cute even though she was sobbing. She had these little tears and a little stream of snot near her nose from the crying. She kept wiping her face through her sobs, and talking through the wiping. 

"I'm lost! I'm…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on August 8, 2014 at 8:06am — No Comments

Revisited: Unintended Consequences of the FAR 8.4 Rewrite

This week’s topic is the “Unintended Consequences of the FAR 8.4 Rewrite.”  Simply put, the rewrite removed a strategic acquisition tool, single award Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs), from customer agency procurement tool boxes when using the GSA schedule program.    Here is more on the background, result and unintended consequences of the rule.

In 2011 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 8.4 was rewritten to implement Section 863…


Added by Melissa Hudak King on August 8, 2014 at 7:02am — No Comments

Mixed News for U.S. Airline Consumer Choice


Have you flown recently? You might feel like your options are more limited because of trends in air service and recent airline mergers. But do you really have fewer airlines to choose from? In the last several months, GAO has reported on changes in the airline industry and their implications for consumers and communities.

  • Air Service to Small Communities:…

Added by Robert Campbell on August 8, 2014 at 7:02am — No Comments

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