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The Hottest Job Out There Now? Data Scientist



There's so much talk about big data these days. On a recent DorobekINSIDER LIVE, we talked to the people at the front lines of big data: the chief data officers. These are the people who are really making big data an effective tool for government.

Hosted by Chris Dorobek, the online training featured the following…

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Added by Catherine Andrews on April 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Amid The Heartbleed, A Helpful App - Plus the 7 Gov Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • It seems like every few months the pay debate comes up again – or more accurately, it comes up every election cycle. Pay is a constant source of tension, but if we’re really going to solve the debate once and for all, there needs to be serious reforms to the civil service -- not just compensation.…

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Added by Christopher Dorobek on April 17, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Can We Ever Get Off The Pay Carousel – Or Just Keep Going Around?

It seems like every few months the pay debate comes up again – or more accurately, it comes up every election cycle. Pay is a constant source of tension, but if we’re really going to solve the debate once and for all, there needs to be serious reforms to the civil service -- not just compensation. 

The…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 17, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Getting Rid of Do More With Less – 5 Ways Gov and Tech are Changing the Mold

“Do more with less” is the mantra that government has been singing for years. But now, the “do more with less” refrain has been transformed with technology and automation to “do better with less. “ Business process management and streamlined technologies are changing the landscape so government can actually get more done with fewer resources.

Part of the reason for the transformation is the evolution of devices. We now live in a world dominated by devices; there are more than a…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

How To Get Your Innovation Moving In A Bureaucracy: Leverage The Leader's Field Of Vision



In the movie Paranoia, Liam Hemsworth plays an innovative developer who gets caught between two lifelong rivals. His problem? Overeducated but underpaid and… Continue

Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on April 17, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

The Power of Positivity

One of my favorite sitcoms, How I Met Your Mother, ended last month. In the final episode the character, Marshall Ericksen, an environmental lawyer, was shown working for a corporate law firm; a job that made him miserable. He had resolved to say only positive things about his job and in one scene was asked how he…

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Added by Amber Hansen on April 16, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

Level Up Your Career: The Best Ways to Find a Mentor in Gov

How do you find that person who will give you a hand in your career? These mentorship tips will help.



Have you ever wished you had a career guidebook? Something to help navigate the tricky byways and translate signposts? No…

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Added by Jessie Kwak on April 16, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

DorobekINSIDER Live: More Than Just Big Data, Big Careers

A special edition of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER was held Wednesday. We're LIVE! We host these events once each month this year. The idea is simple: get smart people together and share ideas -- because we believe that the real power of information comes when it is shared.…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 16, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Is Twitter the Right Channel for Responding to Customer Service Questions in the U.K.?

While social media has the potential to be a great add-on tool for customer service (communicating with the public through Twitter opens up possibilities for immediate interactions) most U.K. organisations are not using Twitter for direct stakeholder interactions. In fact, even though the majority of U.K. organisations have a Twitter account, only about a third of them are using those accounts to reply directly to customers. The…

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Added by Mary Yang on April 16, 2014 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Collecting Data About Big Data

In true data-geek fashion, we collected some data points about big data during a recent online training.

 

On Thursday, April 10th, GovLoop and…

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Added by Adrian Pavia on April 16, 2014 at 9:44am — No Comments

5 Project Management Tips for Innovation Initiatives

On Tuesday April 8th, GovLoop hosted our third annual Government Innovators Virtual Summit. This year we focused on "Innovations that Matter" and how to make innovation stick at your agency. Read this recap of our session on project management and head here for the full recordings. More blog coverage of the Summit can be found …

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Added by Adrian Pavia on April 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Are You An Outreach Winner?

#Winning. It’s not just Charlie Sheen who can craft a popular tweet. In fact, even you can top Mr. Sheen because your tweets are not just popular – they’re also helpful and informative. Think about it: your engagement can help taxpayers save time, money and resources.

 

And it’s not just about Twitter. Government is getting really good at engaging with citizens on multiple platforms. Email? Check. Text messaging? Check. Blogging? Check.

 

So is your organization…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 15, 2014 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Who's The Highest-Paid Public Employee In Your State? + 7 gov stories that matter

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • Are you happy in your job? What do you think about government? How do you view your job? Is the government working as effectively as it could? These are just a few of the questions that the Office of Personnel Management asks in its annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Taking a cue from Pharrell William’s catchy song “Happy,” OPM is looking to improve feds’ job satisfaction. But in…

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Added by Christopher Dorobek on April 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Are You Happy? Clap Along If You Feel Like Gov Is For You



“Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof


Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you know what happiness is to you

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do” – “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Are you happy in your job? What do you think…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 15, 2014 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

The Secret Sauce of Effective Progress Reviews

Agency chief operating officers are required to conduct quarterly progress reviews on priority goals.  Sometimes called “PerformanceStat” meetings, they can be effective problem-solving sessions or terrifying blame games.

 

So, how do you make PerformancStat meetings…

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Added by John Kamensky on April 15, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

How Philly is Bridging the Gap Between Gov & Innovation

On Tuesday April 8th, GovLoop hosted our third annual Government Innovators Virtual Summit. This year we focused on "Innovations that Matter" and how to make innovation stick at your agency. Read this recap of our session on a new open-source solution in Philadephia and…

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Added by Tommy Bowen on April 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

5 Tips for Managing a Multigenerational Workplace

Do you manage a multigenerational workplace? These five tips can help you out.

If you’ve got a wide age range of employees in your office, you’ve probably noticed they have different work styles. In addition to handling projects differently,…

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Added by Sam Ashe-Edmunds on April 15, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Federal Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Rain

The Future is a Little Cloudy

Almost every IT organization is looking toward a future where more and more of their infrastructure moves into the cloud. Unfortunately, many of these organizations will stumble on their way to the cloud. The problem is often one of…

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Added by Joshua Millsapps on April 15, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Connecting with Your Future Self

Back in his 20s, Warren Buffett often asked himself, “Do I really want to spend $300,000 for this haircut?” An avid fan of compounding, the future billionaire constantly questioned whether spending money today was worth losing what he could have in the future if he invested it.

Buffett is, obviously, the exception. Most of us tend to value immediate gains over future ones. With the…

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Added by TSP4gov on April 15, 2014 at 8:29am — No Comments

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