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"On My Watch" - Martha Johnson's Book About Her GSA Time (and the GSA Scandal)

The Thanksgiving lull was a good time for me to read On My Watch.


I had retired well before Martha Johnson became GSA Administrator. I was there however, in a high level position, when she was Chief of Staff to GSA Administrator David Barram. During Mr. Barram's administration, GSA, in my opinion, underwent the most dramatic cultural change in its history. The agency went from a…


Added by Alan L. Greenberg on December 2, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Reactionary Rhetoric

Yes from which means that the author most likely has an agenda...

IMO a very interesting discussion of the various political arguments going on across the country but primarily inside the beltway...

An article/commentary by Cass Sunstein:

Don’t Buy the Slippery-Slope…


Added by Henry Brown on May 1, 2013 at 9:03am — No Comments

A Tale of Two Parties: Promoting Bipartisanship

Last week my friend at YGL Cara Ann Bumgardner wrote a blog about an awesome POLITICO event she attended that inspired her. She doesn't have a GovLoop account, but wanted to share her experience: 

"One of my favorite DC pastimes is going to events--especially of the political persuasion. Washington is teeming with opportunities to not only network with fellow young…


Added by Allison Primack on February 7, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Did Voters Really Care About the Economy When They Voted This November?

Most Americans will tell you that their number 1 issue in this past Presidential election was the economy. So Obama's contribution to the economic upturn in various cities must have helped him clinch the win, right? Wrong. I read an interesting study on the relationship between votes for Obama and the economy and was surprised at the results. An analysis of voting patterns in US…


Added by Hannah Ornell on December 5, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Is the key to success women? Plus Your Weekend Reads!

Welcome to GovLoop InsightsIssue of the Week with Chris Dorobek where each week, our goal is to find an issue — a person — an idea — then helped define the past 7-days.

Among our items this week:…


Added by Emily Jarvis on November 16, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Former CIO of DOT Speaks on the Transition

What does the transition from President Obama's first term to his second term mean for political appointees and career staff? Dan Mintz, former CIO of the Department of Transportation weighs in on the transition in today's DorobekINSIDER interview. Mintz was part of the transition team after former President Bush's second term.



Added by Hannah Ornell on November 13, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Should OpenGov advocates be worried about the attacks on @FiveThirtyEight?

First, the came for the statisticians, and I said nothing because I was not a statistician 

One of the things I noticed was an increasing amount of attacks on Nate Silver's 538 blog and his methodology. Some range from concern trolling from Politico to downright…


Added by Christopher Whitaker on October 31, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Potential in All of Us

I found a story on American Public Media’s Marketplace fascinating. The interview discussed a recent paper by researchers at Stanford and Harvard that reveal that employers are more interested in what you may accomplish that what you…


Added by Kathleen Schafer on September 26, 2012 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

Does the Constitution Still Matter?

People who ask this question usually want to start a fight or are pathetically ignorant. Our Constitution emerged 225 years ago today. It matters as long as the United States exists. Yet Americans still argue about it, file lawsuits about it, claim to love it, and swear to uphold it. They accuse each other of violating it. But most have never READ IT. So let’s look at it.


The founders’ first attempt at creating a government in 1781, the Articles of Confederation,…


Added by Patricia A. O'Malley on September 17, 2012 at 10:17pm — 3 Comments

Mapping the Politics of Social Media

In an election year, it's hard for every detail of our lives to not be seized on by political campaigns and skewed in a way that forces us to think Dem or GOP. How much insurance does your employer provide? How much student debt is weighing you down? What’s your favorite episode of “Mad Men”? Now,…


Added by John Simpson on July 11, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

GovBytes: Social Media a Major Campaign Tool for Political Candidates

Social media has become a major influencer in the way candidates campaign. Newark's Cory Booker has over one million followers, and is one of the best examples of a politician successfully utilizing social media. On New Years Eve in 2010, Mayor Booker even responded to a grandson tweeting about his grandfather who needed his driveway shoveled. Booker tweeted "I will do it myself; where does he live?" And shovel Booker did, with a handful of other volunteers.



Added by Corey McCarren on July 2, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Colorado Counties: Success and Challenges to New Media Use

In April I wrote briefly about Commissioner Audrey Danner from Moffat County, Colorado and her efforts in using social media to connect with her constituents. …


Added by Emily Landsman on June 21, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Leadership Can’t Happen Until YOU Know Who You Are

Would you recognize your authentic self if you saw him or her?  How would you know it is the real you?  What is an “authentic self” and why in the world does it matter to your ability to lead?

One of the greatest weaknesses, and almost without question at the root of all inglorious downfalls of well-known leaders, is the discomfort they have with who they truly are.  Each person is born with a beautifully unique set of talents, skills and abilities and in our early childhood we bring…


Added by Kathleen Schafer on May 2, 2012 at 3:24pm — 5 Comments

The Government Man Discusses the GSA Scandal - Part Two

Well, I must admit that I took a bit of heat for my initial post on this subject.  My general position stands  although much more has surfaced  in the last week and this gets uglier by the day.  I doubt whether anyone initially expected this to go viral.


I’ll repeat in no uncertain terms that I do not condone reckless spending and inappropriate behavior at taxpayer expense.  My record at GSA supports that. Check out my Dorobek…


Added by Alan L. Greenberg on April 19, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why Romney’s Inauthenticity Will Doom Him to Defeat in November

Fresh off of his Super Tuesday “victories,” Mitt Romney was so desperately pleading his case that he was the inevitable winner of the Republican Presidential Primary, yet the results in Mississippi and Alabama reveal that the electorate is not ready to bestow that title upon him. While his wealth and political machinery may provide him the razor sharp edge he needs to pull it off, one thing has become painfully clear during these primaries—no one is enthused about him as a leader and even…


Added by Kathleen Schafer on April 5, 2012 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Stop the Insanity

            Einstein’s ubiquitous quote about the definition of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result,” is so widely used because we see this behavior all the time, particularly in election season.  Armed with enthusiasm and often more money than sense, candidates dutifully make the rounds telling crowds what everyone wants to hear—that by simply pushing the button for the “right” candidate on Election Day it will solve all our…


Added by Kathleen Schafer on April 5, 2012 at 2:17pm — No Comments

What the Etch A Sketch Really Reveals

While Mitt Romney continues his limp toward the Republican nomination, his Etch A Sketch moment has revealed and even deeper and more fundamental flaw in his campaign strategy.

While there is a part of me that is pained to see a favorite childhood toy become a political metaphor, it shows that his campaign ultimately sees this election as less about the mettle and personal characteristics of the candidate and much more about the environment in which he is running.   Hence, the example…


Added by Kathleen Schafer on April 5, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Parity in Politics—Why Women Don’t Want It

Marking the 20-year anniversary of the Year of the Woman, Karen Tumulty’s front-page Washington Post article details the never-ending challenges of gender parity in American politics. While an informative piece about the United States’ 78th world ranking in woman’s representation in national legislatures, tied with Turkmenistan for those keeping track, it reflects a flawed conventional wisdom about why more women don’t run for and win elected office.

In discussing why more women are not…


Added by Kathleen Schafer on April 5, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments

What Impact Will Social Media Have on the 2012 Elections?

A couple weeks ago, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) asked me to share my perspective on the elections this fall and the role that social media will play in the outcomes. The full interview can be found here, but I wanted to share some…


Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on April 4, 2012 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

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