Its easy to pick holes in most things and I am pretty good at doing it myself.
Indeed it is also easy to find fault with Govcamp and the unconference format; and I can certainly see some things we can improve on regarding organising the event.
However that does sound a bit odd ‘organising an unconference’ but the thing I did learn from Govcamp is the amount of work that goes into finding the right kind of venue at the right kind of cost (even if venue is free…Continue
Added by Nick Halliday on January 27, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments
Is Chris Christie showing strong leadership in the wake of #BridgeGate? Or is he just a bully? Anyone who has crossed the George Washington bridge from New Jersey into New York knows first-hand how challenging it can be. Lots of cars, flared tempers – and that’s on a good day.
So imagine if you found out that the reason it took you …Continue
Added by Scott Span on January 21, 2014 at 11:54am — No Comments
By Megan Bensatte
Communicating with the Public: A challenge for government
If you work in government communications, you know that we often have a hard time getting our message across to the masses. While our concepts start off simple enough, the end product is weighed down with technical jargon, lawyer-like speak and far too many words.
There are few jobs today that allow a person to work autonomously. Certainly in government there are many examples of jobs that are interdependent. Even at its most basic level, the branches of government must work together to pass a bill into law. Teams are important. As important as teamwork is in government and business today, working on a team is not always easy, and leading a team successfully can be downright difficult. When it does work, a…Continue
Added by Amber Hansen on January 9, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments
We get it, the numbers from the latest Best Places to Work in the federal government are grim. Government wide satisfaction is down to 57% the lowest score in the 10 year…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 20, 2013 at 11:27am — No Comments
The 2013 Best Places to Work data present a disturbing picture of federal employees throughout the government who are increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs and workplaces. Government-wide, the federal employee job satisfaction and commitment level dropped for the third year in a row, tumbling 3 points to a score of 57.8 on a scale of 100. This represents the lowest overall Best Places to Work score since the rankings were first launched in 2003,…Continue
On Thursday, November 21, SPICE Toastmasters heard from a dynamic speaker -- 2013 District 27 Table Topics Winner Clarence Featherson!…Continue
Added by Bernetta Reese on November 23, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration system also works to transmit data at 20 Mbps between a ground station located in New Mexico and the spacecraft in lunar orbit, NASA …Continue
Added by Ross Wilkers on October 23, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments
Last Tuesday the Obama Administration unveiled healthcare.gov. Affordable Care Act mandated the Department of Health and Human Services to build an online exchange, or Internet store, to let uninsured consumers compare and buy plans offered by private insurance companies.
But almost immediately problems started to pop…Continue
I think something that you have to do if you want to continue to improve is you need to continue to learn. You have to continue to find new opportunities whether those things are books, training courses, or reading newspapers; just anything that exposes you to new ideas. Something that’s been nice about…Continue
Added by Joshua Millsapps on September 12, 2013 at 2:23pm — No Comments
Is this a Golden Age for citizen involvement in government? As dismayed as some may be with the political process, there are growing opportunities for meaningful engagement in many areas, thanks to growing social media tools and a willingness to participate by many ordinary people.
Gavin Newscom is California’s lieutenant governor, and was formerly the mayor of San Francisco. He is a huge advocate of the use of technology to engage citizens, which he describes…Continue
Added by John Kamensky on August 19, 2013 at 11:20am — No Comments
The average person will hold over 11 jobs in their lifetime. That number only increases when you look at millennials. Of course, there are varying reasons for this trend. But one that can't be overlooked is employee loyalty, or lack of loyalty in many cases. Many times, people assume the organizations with the most money have the highest rates…Continue
Can you name one piece of legislation that you fully understand? Can you really say that you understand the nuances of any major news story? How about your agency or company – do you have a pretty good grasp of how it works, and where it’s headed in the future?
For most of us, the answer is no. Not because we are lacking in information. Rather it’s because we’re drowning in it. And we cannot sift the valuable stuff from the crap.
In the age of more words, more…
Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on July 27, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Meltdown of the day: Apparently a woman did not have an appointment at the Apple Store and really needed to have that appointment. Or perhaps a therapy appointment.
It is hard to watch this video (click on the…Continue
The July 2013 edition of Contract Management magazine, published by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), included an encouraging article on how communications between government and industry not only can improve outcomes and business relationships, but also show positive results to improve…
Added by Jaime Gracia on July 22, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Worldwide cataracts are the leading cause of blindness. Here in the US, every year there are more than 50,000 cataract surgeries performed by the Department of Veterans Affairs alone. But up until last year there had never been a system in place to collect detailed patient outcomes on a national level, in either the private or public sectors.
That's where Dr. David…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on June 28, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Last week, the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) conducted their inaugural 2013 Mythbusting Awards to three Federal agencies for their work in improving vendor communications in…Continue
Added by Jaime Gracia on June 10, 2013 at 9:22am — No Comments
Sunday marks the official start to the Congressionally recognized Public Service Recognition Week. The annual celebration of federal employees and the work they do.
This year feds face an austere budget climate, low employee morale and dissatisfied constituents. So PSRW is a nice break, to take a step back and say thank you.
Tom Fox is the…Continue
A few weeks ago we talked with Deloitte's Dan Helfrich about how feds view their leaders. To be frank, it isn't positive. Check out the recap here. So how do senior execs feel?
Deloitte and the Partnership for Public Service are back with another survey to…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on May 2, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments