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Can Pintrest Make Local Public Engagement More Effective?

We were intrigued by this commsgodigital piece on the ways that Pintrest can be used by local government officials for public engagement, and we wanted to share it with the NCDD community. The article was penned by Andrew Coulson, a local community engagement officer, and you can read it below or find the original commsgodigital piece by…


Added by Sandy Heierbacher on August 27, 2014 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Introducing GSA’s Federal Acquisition Marketplace - Plus the 7 Stories

Introducing GSA’s Federal Acquisition Marketplace


Is it better for government to have multiple contracts run by multiple organizations -- or is it better to have one big government contract shop which can then drive down costs.


Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, clearly believes that it is…


Added by Christopher Dorobek on August 27, 2014 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Optimizing Blog Posts: 11 Essential Considerations

Optimizing blog posts requires a fair bit of both art and science. Over the past four+ years, and particularly after working in the platform since the spring of 2013, I've learned a lot both about what TO do and what NOT to do. I've also learned a great deal from regularly curating content created by others.

I recently published the third edition of …


Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on August 27, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

Algorithm Detected Ebola Outbreak Nine Days Before Health Authorities Using Internet Posts

There's a great article over at TechRepublic by Lyndsey Gilpin on how the computer algorithm behind HealthMap detected the recent Ebola outbreak nine days before it was identified by health authorities.


Added by Craig Thomler on August 26, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Todd Park Stepping Down as CTO: An assessment + 7 Gov Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • For years the IT community has been building walls and digging moats to keep out cyber attacks. Now the focus has changed. Rather than zero-in on outside invaders, security experts have set their sights on internal vulnerability. We take a look at the new approach with Force 3’s Greg…


Added by Christopher Dorobek on August 26, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Technical Aspects of Opening Data: How it’s Made

Opening data is a complex, sometimes messy, undertaking. It’s a technical issue, but like the old Reese’s commercial, there’s no right way to get it done.

Simply understanding the language and process can help lead to a workable approach for opening data in your city or agency.

To help clarify some of the technical aspects of opening data, we recently sat down with the Director of Analytics and Performance Management for the City of Chicago Tom Schenk, Open Data Program Manager…


Added by Code for America on August 26, 2014 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Want to Telecommute? What You Need to Know About Flexible Work Arrangements

Back in June, the president issued a directive to all executive level departments, calling on them to expand the use and availability of flexible work arrangements that make it easier for employees to enjoy greater work/life balance. “In doing so, we can help ensure that the Federal workforce is engaged and empowered to deliver exceptional and efficient service to the American public while meeting family and other needs at home,” the president said. The agencies were asked to review their…


Added by Heather Kerrigan on August 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

It’s Hurricane Season—Informing Federal Disaster Management

Hurricane season is well under way, and we’re highlighting some of our reports and resources that can help inform…


Added by Robert Campbell on August 26, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

You Can Only Build So Many Walls

For years the IT community has been building walls and digging moats to keep out cyber attackers. Now the focus has shifted. Rather than zero-in on outside invaders, security experts have set their sights on internal vulnerability. - Federal Times.


Automation alone can't prevent…


Added by Emily Jarvis on August 26, 2014 at 10:52am — No Comments

Jumpstarting Your Community With IT

State and local governments face a challenge when deploying new IT solutions. CIOs must build the right digital services that their constituents demand, and also must design IT systems and architectures that…


Added by Pat Fiorenza on August 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Government Agencies Need to Think Open First With All Content

Last week the Clean Energy Regulator released a calendar that illustrates when other government agencies use National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting data.

Called the National Greenhouse…

Added by Craig Thomler on August 26, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments

Made a Mistake at Work? How to Learn Lessons and Move On

You'll take chances that don't work out. You'll put your trust in someone and they'll let you down. You'll misjudge your leaps. You'll drop the ball. 

Making mistakes is a natural part of our learning process, and living in fear of making them can hinder us from trying new things – and becoming our best. As George Bernard Shaw said: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing…


Added by Jessie Kwak on August 26, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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

Using Social Media to Keep the Public Safe

This is part two of a three-part series on how analytics can help improve public safety and keep communities safe. You can read part one here.

For public safety officials today, Facebook and Twitter play an integral role in informing the public about current events. Social data from…


Added by Mallory Thayer on August 22, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Geospatial Approach to Cybersecurity

Scott Cecilio, Esri solution engineer, speaking at the GovLoop and Esri Meetup

Cybersecurity professionals face an unprecedented challenge as our world has become more connected. Although this connectivity has…


Added by Pat Fiorenza on August 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Inner Shame, Your Greatest Career Asset

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Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on August 23, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Creating Organizational Self-Defense

Why don’t agency top leaders know about significant management problems in their organizations before it is too late?

So-called scandals seem to be more prevalent these days, ranging from seemingly dishonest reporting of…


Added by John Kamensky on August 25, 2014 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

I'm Retiring -- Now You Want Me to Mentor

On August 7th, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued final regulations to allow eligible Federal employees the ability to work 20 hours per week, while receiving half of their pay and half of their retirement annuity. Under the Federal Phased Retirement law, employees who take advantage of the new flexibility, will be required to “devote at least 20 percent of their work time, or about 8 hours a pay period, to mentoring other employees.” The employees who they mentor…


Added by DEADRA WELCOME on August 25, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

11 Hip-Hop Lyrics For Keeping It Real in the Workplace

I will be the first to admit, hip-hop music is not well received by all sectors of the population. Explicit language, graphic themes and inappropriate rhymes cause many to dismiss the genre in exchange for more wholesome music.


But in my humble opinion, hip-hop has gotten a bad rap (sorry, I couldn’t resist that one).


Many hip-hop artists highlight…


Added by Mallory Thayer on August 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Digital Engagement Strategy Series: Determine a Content Plan (2)

By John Simpson, Engagement Consultant

If you missed our earlier post, check out part one of our digital engagement blog series. This blog series will go into each of these basics reviewed in our webinar  on…


Added by Mary Yang on August 22, 2014 at 3:48pm — No Comments

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