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So long and thanks for all the fish!

Today is my last day as a GovLoop fellow; it's been awesome, and I'm hoping to stay active in the GovLoop community.

I've learned much about marketing analytics during my time here and have significantly improved my writing skills. The opportunity to help write the social media section of the Communications Guide and writing the Federal Buzz for the Washington Post have been among my favorite parts of the fellowship. Also, meeting those in and around government, as well as my…


Added by Corey McCarren on July 6, 2012 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Do TV Sitcoms give Public Servants a Bad Rap?

Lately I've become obsessed with the show Parks and Recreation. I think it's hysterical -- and maybe part of that is because I work around government, and can relate the characters to people I've met. But it does make me wonder, is the show reinforcing negative stereotypes about government? For example:

1) Leslie Knope is a bright eyed bureaucrat, trying extraordinarily hard to make positive change for the City of Pawnee. However, she's discovered the pitfalls of endless…


Added by Corey McCarren on July 3, 2012 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

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

SINET helps address cybersecurity by increasing collaboration

Cybersecurity is a big deal, especially after the revelations of the role of the United States behind Stuxnet and the Flame virus. We've learned that cyber-infrastructure isn't particularly well protected, and the Security Innovation Network (SINET) is looking to change that through collaboration. Robert Rodriguez of SINET spoke with Chris Dorobek of the…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cloud Storage: Are you a believer?

Flavor Flav once said “don’t believe the hype,” but should we when it comes to cloud computing? In administrative

circles it seems to be the talk of the town, and certainly has benefits, though it’s still developing as a way to store data. Christopher Dorobek of the DorobekINSIDER recently sat down with Jim Sweeney, Chief Technology Officer at GTSI, to speak about cloud storage, it’s applications and…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

GovBytes: Facebook releases location check-in infographic

Checking into locations can be entertaining; trust me, I'm the trainspotter champion on Foursquare. But it can also be dangerous, as children have access to geolocation apps which can attract predators and adults aren't always much wiser when checking in.…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 25, 2012 at 10:42am — 3 Comments

Physicist and Sammies Finalist Explains Hi-Tech Advances in Medicical Imaging and Data-Transfer

Physics, according to Jacob Taylor, is studying how nature works at a fundamental level, and using that knowledge to

apply it in different ways. Jacob has been working hard at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, thinking through new technologies as a theoretical physicist (yes, the same title as Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory). Recently, Christopher Dorobek of…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 21, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

GovBytes: Mayors Seek to Promote Entrepreneurship through Open Government

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. last week, the organization backed an action

plan to promote technology, entrepreneurship, open government, and innovation. The Technology and Innovation Task Force, which was created in the beginning of this year, passed a resolution which aims to promote open data at all levels of government; they believe this will encourage entrepreneurship, creating jobs and economic growth.…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 21, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Daily Dose: Should Airport Screening Continue to be Privatized?

Orlando Sanford International Airport has received preliminary approval to use private security screeners to screen

passengers and personal property. It may now be one of the airports operating under the Screening Partnership Program, of which there are currently 16.…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 20, 2012 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Tracking digital government initiatives: Is your agency green, yellow, or red?

With the release of the White House’s Digital Government Strategy, agencies are being asked to take certain steps

towards growing digital government in the United States. Already, Jay Huie, who consults as a senior information engineer and an information architect, has built a website to track how well agencies are doing in their digital government initiatives. Jay sat down with Chris Dorobek of…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Clay Johnson: Government Apps Contests Shouldn't Just be About the Application Itself

App contests are a great way to get useful programs for your agency, but there's something more important which can result from a well-run app competition. Christopher Dorobek of the DorobekINSIDER spoke with Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet and How to Run Apps Contests, about what should be the focus of an apps…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 18, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

GovBytes: Start-ups and Local Government, a Match Made in Heaven?

As I've come to realize, government and industry play an important role in supporting each other. There are many

emerging technologies -- see graphene -- which without government investment in commercializing the technology, may never make it out of the research labs. Government Chief Information, Innovation, and Technology Officers have come to realize this, as reported by GovTech, and are doing their share to support start-ups, and therefore their communities.

Local governments…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

John Shoraka on what the SBA is doing to help small businesses in contracting: Victory In Procurement

After speaker Allison Silver at the Victory In Procurement event was up, John Shoraka of the Small Business Administration was up to speak.

The Small Business Administration provides many great resources for small businesses looking to acquire government contracts, including counseling, access to capital, and…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 18, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Getting started with government contracting: Allison Silver, Victory In Procurement event

This past Friday, I attended the event, “Victory in Procurement: Grow Your Business through Government Contracting.” It featured awards for outstanding government contractors as well as several breakout sessions and speeches from people in government and small business owners alike.

The event started with Allison Silver of American Express…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 18, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

GovBytes: Michelle Obama catches the Pinterest bug

Pinterest, with tremendous growth as of late, has made a splash in the world of social media. The photo-sharing website was the fastest website ever to break through 10 million unique visitors, and 40-60 percent of registrants regularly use the service after they've created accounts.

First Lady Michelle Obama Joins…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 14, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

White House Fellows Program Looks to Solve Gov't Tech Problems with Private Sector Assistance

As part of the White House’s recently released digital government strategy, a new Presidential Innovation Fellows 

program has been created. The program brings in 15 innovators from outside government who provide expertise on projects, particularly those that are technology related. Tom Fox, vice president for leadership and innovation at

the Partnership for Public Service sat down…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 14, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Daily Dose: House Hearing Criticizes Size and Scope of the TSA

The Transportation Security Administration has been a hot-bed of House GOP criticism for months, most recently noted by the House Homeland Security transportation subcommittee hearing titled "TSA’s Efforts to Fix Its Poor Customer Service Reputation and Become a Leaner, Smarter Agency.” The title was objected to by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), who claimed that it was unfair to the vast majority of agency workers, including TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 13, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Amid Austerity Measures, Innovation Opportunities lie with Gen X and Y'ers

Without a doubt, the federal government will be facing austerity measures in coming years. On top of these measures,

federal government is being restructured, which reshapes the way government needs to operate. NextGen 2012 speaker and chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners as well as the Morino Institute, Mario Morino, spoke with the…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 13, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Stephen Colbert: Political pundit... And seasoned marketing/branding professional?

As of late, I've become a huge fan of The Colbert Report. I am interested in politics and media, which are Stephen

Colberts biggest targets for satire, and he does a great job at making both look absurd. The right-wing political pundit's show is full of memorable quotes, such as "Democrats lead in all the polls by at least ten points, except one... Fox News. That is within a margin of error of plus-or-minus the facts."

Colbert's comedic genius exposes the…


Added by Corey McCarren on June 8, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

GovBytes: Run-of-the-mill malware still poses huge cybersecurity threat

As of late, we've all heard of the threat of new, advanced, nation-state sponsored viruses like Stuxnet and Flame. But it's important not to forget the risk posed by run-of-the-mill malware to our machines and personal information. McAfee's latest threat report suggest that this year is shaping up to be one of increased risk online, with PC and smartphone threats reaching a 4-year high. Some highlights of the report are:

  • There were 8,000 mobile malware samples collected when…

Added by Corey McCarren on June 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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