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Pat Fiorenza's Blog – September 2011 Archive (31)

Daily Dose: Where Does Your Agency Rank in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey?

Joe Davidson from the Washington Post reports that the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey has been released by OPM. The survey is conducted annually to learn how feds feel about their workplace. The post reports that over 266,000 federal employees completed the agreement. The Post…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 29, 2011 at 9:43am — No Comments

5 Ways to Improve Federal Hiring Process

I had the opportunity to attend The Brookings Institute Reforming the Federal Hiring Process and Promoting Public Service to America’s Youth Event on September 28th. The event was developed to address many issues regarding the federal hiring process. As many of you know, within the next few years, the federal government will need to hire over 200,000…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 28, 2011 at 12:30pm — 18 Comments

GovBytes: NASA Offers Space Ringtones

NextGov reports that NASA has launched a new feature on its website - space ringtones.  NASA fans can now download the sound of a space shuttle taking off, Neil Armstrong's famous line, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" or "Houston we've had a problem."…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 27, 2011 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Social Media Tactics: 5 Engagement Strategies - RSVP for 10/19

Please join us at GovDelivery’s event on Wednesday, October 19th, Social Media’s Role In Cost Effective Solutions.

 

The theme for this week is ways to engage your key stakeholders. Much of this is remembering your customer service skills. One strategy is to think carefully about the way you interact with your…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 27, 2011 at 10:44am — No Comments

GovLaunch: Bill Introduced for Feds to Donate Sick Days to Agency Banks

Government Exec reported that on Friday legislation was introduced that would allow Federal employees to donate their unused sick leave to an agency wide leave bank. The bill was sponsored by Representatives Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran and Chris Van Hollen and all have stated that the bill will be nearly cost neutral. Government Executive…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 26, 2011 at 9:42am — 2 Comments

Daily Dose: Shutdown Concerns Renewed; FEMA Funding Debated

As Congress struggles to pass a bill to extend funding for FEMA through mid- November, shutdown concerns have once again surfaced. The Washington Post Reports:

 

A bill extending government funding through mid-November…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 22, 2011 at 10:17am — No Comments

Social Media Tactis: 5 Strategies to Manage Social Media - RSVP for 10/19

Please join us at GovDelivery’s event on Wednesday, October 19th, Social Media’s Role In Cost Effective Solutions.

 

Managing a social media initiative is no easy task. There are a lot of nuances to properly manage your social media program. If you are currently managing a program, or starting a new social…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

GovBytes: NASA Exploring Power Beaming Technology

Government Computer News reports that NASA is investing in technology that will beam power up a spacecraft, eliminating the need for the use of a refueling ship. The project is called "Ride the Light."

NASA wants to provide power to airborne spacecraft without having to use a refueling ship, instead beaming power to the craft via lasers or microwave…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 20, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Local Gov IBM Report: Smarter, Faster, Cheaper

This morning I read an interesting report from IBM, Smarter, Faster, Cheaper, An Operations Efficiency Benchmarking Study of 100 American Cities. IBM provides a bleak report of local governments in the introduction, the authors state:

 

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), local governments in the United States are collectively facing a $225 billion structural budget deficit, which constitutes about 12% of their total spending.  Since these are…
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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 20, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

GovLaunch: USAID Famine, Drought, War (FWD) Initiative

Take a look at a new site from USAID. The new campaign by USAID, FWD, is an effort to raise broader awareness to the conditions in the Horn of Africa. FWD stands for Famine, War, Drought, all of which are devastating the Horn of Africa. The website does a great job of easily showing the facts and devastation to the region. The USAID site does a great job raising citizen awareness and encouraging engagement. On…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 20, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

GovLaunch: Obama Administration Releases Update on Open Government Initiative

On Friday, NextGov reports that the White House released a status report on the Open Government Initiative. The White House blog post on Friday reiterates President Obama's commitment to open government. The post,…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 19, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Daily Dose: Secret Service Ready for a Busy 2012

The Washington Post reports today that the Secret Service is gearing up for a busy 2012. The Director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, stated that 2012 will be  “a very demanding and challenging year.” The Secret Service will have to continue to provide security for President Obama, Vice President Biden and their families, the GOP Presidential candidate, foreign dignitaries, and former presidents.The…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 15, 2011 at 10:31am — No Comments

GovLoop PMF Guide: Managing the Application Process

 

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 15, 2011 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

GovBytes: Is the PC era coming to an end?

Government Technology reports that the PC era of computing may be coming to end. If estimates are correct, by the year 2015, most users will access the internet via tablets and smart phones, as opposed to desktop PCs.

 

By 2015, adoption of smartphones and tablets in the U.S. will result in more users accessing the Internet through mobile devices than via…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 13, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

GovLaunch: NASA Sends Unmanned Spacecraft to the Moon

Although man-spaced flight has been put on hold, NASA still has a lot of really cool missions and projects they are working on. One of my hopes is that we get back to the moon and make it a base for manned deep space travel. I came across an article on NextGov which reports that NASA has sent a spacecraft back to the moon.It's a pretty exciting mission at NASA, NextGov…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 12, 2011 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Wolfram Data Summit Day 2: James Powell, CTO Thomson Reuters

Kicking off day 2 of the Wolfram Data Summit is James Powell, CTO of Thomas Reuters.

 

Thomson Reuters and Big Data

James Powell

CTO, Thomson Reuters

 

Thomson Reuters is the leading source of intelligent information for the world's businesses and professionals. The massive changes in the scale,…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 9, 2011 at 9:23am — No Comments

Wolfram Data Summit: Derek Stanford, State Representative, Washington State

The first day of the Wolfram Data Summit wrapped up with Derek Stanford, State Representative from Washington State. Derek gave a really interesting presentation about the role of data and what is happening in Washington State.

 

Making State Government Data Accessible and Understandable

Derek Stanford

State Representative, Washington State…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 8, 2011 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Wolfram Data Summit: Alan Vander Mallie, From Data.gov

Next presentation I heard was Alan Vander Mallie, from Data.gov. First off, I had the chance to speak briefly with Alan – he is from Upstate NY too, so bonus points for Alan. Alan started off by providing the audience of what data.gov is doing and giving us a preview of what’s next for data.gov.

 

Empowering People with Data—Data.gov: What's Now and What's Next

Alan Vander Mallie…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 8, 2011 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Wolfram Data Summit: Ian O'Brien, Branch Chief of the US Census Bureau

Up next at the Wolfram Data Summit is Ian O’Brien, Branch Chief of the US Census Bureau. Here is the brief overview of his presentation, followed by my overview of the presentation:

 

Statistical Abstract of the United States: The Value of Data

Ian O'Brien

Branch Chief, U.S. Census Bureau

 

The presentation discusses the value of the…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 8, 2011 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Wolfram Data Summit: Lynn Etheredge, Director: Rapid Learning Project, George Washington University

Blogging today from the Wolfram Data Summit, Lynn Etheredge just wrapped up his presentation, quick overview is below, followed by my write up of the presentation:

 

A Rapid-Learning Health System: Using Electronic Health Records and Apps

Lynn Etheredge

Director, Rapid Learning Project, George Washington University

 

This talk…

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Added by Pat Fiorenza on September 8, 2011 at 2:20pm — No Comments

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