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Announcing the 2014 Code for America Accelerator Class

We’re excited to announce the 2014 Code for America Accelerator class. It was a tough selection process — with strong applications from more than 112 companies. Ultimately, we decided on five key companies.

The 2014 class of the CfA Accelerator includes:

AmigoCloud (San Francisco, Calif.): Founded by Ragi Burhum and Victor…

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Added by Code for America on July 10, 2014 at 7:51am — No Comments

Google Glass as a Certain Reality

This morning I attended the Innovation Month event "Google Glass as a certain reality", hosted by the Department of Education.



It was a great event, and extremely well attended (well over 100 people in the audience), featuring very engaging talks from Alexander Hayes,…
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Added by Craig Thomler on July 10, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Open Data & GIS: Better Understanding Our World [New Guide]

In our latest GovLoop guide, Open Data and GIS: Better Understanding Our World, we explore a crucial element of the open data movement: geographic information systems (GIS). GIS lets users visualize, question, analyze, interpret and…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on July 9, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Anatomy of a "Sniper" Hack

In war, there is quite a difference between the crude methods of indiscriminate destruction of weapons of mass destruction and a well trained sniper on a well-funded, precisely planned mission.  WMDs leave mess everywhere, make it clear to everyone something big happened and are more about fear than accomplishing specific goals.

In cyber war, the term WMD…

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Added by Jean-Paul Bergeaux on July 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Will a Law Help with Social Media? - Plus the 7 Gov Stories

Will a law help with social media?

 

The House has passed the Social Media Working Group Act of 2014, which seeks to give the private sector new opportunities to drive social media innovation in emergency preparedness and response by “expanding the membership and influence of the Department of Homeland Security’s…

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Added by Christopher Dorobek on July 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Stay Sharp As a Leader



 

My brother has his sword, and I have my mind. A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.

Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

 

We have all been there. The day…

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Added by Barry Condrey on July 9, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments

3 Ways to Avoid Getting Complacent at Your Job

Many of the people I know who work in the public sector were drawn to their jobs by this desire to serve, to make a difference in their community or the country. After landing that first desk job though, I have also seen them lose their drive. If you’ve ever done it, you know, sitting in a cubicle day after day, surrounded by endless paperwork and coworkers who checked out years ago is anything but fun.

Getting stuck in a routine is a hazard of many desk jobs. Being around complacency…

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Added by Amber Hansen on July 9, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Do's and Don'ts of Responding to Social Media Comments



 

Dealing with the public over social media when you are a public sector organization (PSO) posts a particular set of challenges. Some people inherently dislike and distrust the public sector and will feel the same about your organization. Some may try to use your social media channels to vent on issues that may or may not even be related to your organization. For trolls and the like, you present an…

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Added by Alain Lemay on July 9, 2014 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

PMP® Exam Lessons Learned From Someone Who Has Recently Passed

Is studying for and obtaining your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification one of your personal or career goals? Are you wondering about things such as where is a good place to start, what materials might be the most helpful in studying, or how many practice tests are just…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on July 9, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

Assuring Governments Cloud Compliance and Security Needs

GovLoop's recent guide, How Cloud is Reinventing Government, explores the how cloud is helping agencies unlock innovation and improve service delivery. The report includes four government case studies, best practices and insights from industry leaders. Below is an excerpt from our guide.…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on July 9, 2014 at 9:52am — No Comments

Are You Guilty of The 7 Deadly Sins of Office Communication?

The workplace can be a minefield of communication problems. You need to be in constant touch with your teammates and coworkers in order to finish projects – but beyond just needing to get your point across clearly, you also need to navigate a whole collection of personalities and…

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Added by Jessie Kwak on July 9, 2014 at 9:12am — 6 Comments

Congratulations to GovDelivery Europe Clients on Their Digital Leaders 100 Awards

At GovDelivery, our main goal is to help you do your work as government communicators better, and we’re consistently impressed at just how good that work turns out to be. We’re always incredibly proud our clients, so when one is officially recognised with an award nomination by an outside organisation we can’t help but contribute to the congratulations!

This week, we’re excited that not one, but two GovDelivery Europe clients have been nominated for …

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Added by Mary Yang on July 9, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Public Service is In His DNA

Young Government Leaders (YGL) and GovLoop present the NextGen Public Service Awards for superior public service and achievement. The 4th Annual NextGen Public Service Awards will be given at the 2014 NextGen Award’s Ceremony, which will kick off the NextGen Training Summit on July 23rd in Washington, DC. We have 18 finalists in six different categories. All month long we will be introducing you to the…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on July 9, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

How Having a Dinosaur in Your Corner Can Help With Innovation

It's quite common for those of us on the pointy end of Government 2.0, innovation, agile and open source/open data and similar 'progressive' thinking to refer to people who seem reluctant and risk-averse as 'dinosaurs'.



The terminology crosses the government/corporate divide - indeed I'm hearing it now more often in reference to senior management in large Australian companies than in government agencies.



Sometimes it's used as a term of affection, sometimes…
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Added by Craig Thomler on July 9, 2014 at 8:52am — No Comments

Work Smarter, Faster, and With Less Stress



 

On July 1, 2014 I was honored to be a presenter at the “Work Smarter, Faster, and With Less Stress: 20 Government Productivity Tips” webinar. I presented 21 tips from my featured blogs posts here on GovLoop. They featured productivity tips for individuals and group (meetings and…

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Added by Chaeny Emanavin on July 9, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Lost IRS e-mails -- do they signify that gov IT totally sucks? + 7 stories that matter

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • Pay freezes, budget cuts, furloughs – it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but after years of record low employee satisfaction, government’s senior executives are leaving the civil service at a rapidly increasing rate. So what happens now? Insights from the Partnership for…

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Added by Christopher Dorobek on July 8, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Federal Ghostland: Where Have All the Managers Gone?

Pay freezes, budget cuts, furloughs – it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but after years of record low employee satisfaction, government’s senior executives are leaving the civil service at a rapidly increasing rate.

 

According to a new…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on July 8, 2014 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment

It’s Not What You Say…8 Tips for Improving your Professional Writing

Do people dread having to read your reports, proposals, memos or other missives? Are your PowerPoint presentations snoozers? Improving your business-writing skills not only helps you look more professional in your industry or profession, it can also help you get more approvals for trips, staff, equipment or funding. Improving your business writing skills is another way to boost your personal brand and career by getting you more opportunities to be published in professional journals and…

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Added by Sam Ashe-Edmunds on July 8, 2014 at 12:56pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Millennial-Proof Your Agency

Hi, my name is Mallory – and I’m a Millennial.

 

I know what you might be thinking: You’re one of those young whipper-snappers who grew up with the Internet, still lives with her parents and constantly posts narcissistic “selfies” on Facebook and Instagram. Wait ‘til you hit the real world, you Yuppie. 

 

That may not be an entirely false…

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Added by Mallory Thayer on July 8, 2014 at 11:46am — 8 Comments

Seek Out Consistency In Others - A Rule for Your Success

To really be effective this rule takes knowing a little something about the person you are attempting to influence, either before you engage them, or through some probing questions. It can work without knowing anything about the person, but you will find yourself more effective when you do.

Often times we…

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Added by Anthony Tormey on July 8, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

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