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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

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

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

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

External Hacking a Top Cybersecurity Concern — But Your People Pose a Problem, Too

When it comes to cybersecurity, knowing where your threats are coming from is key. Turns out, more than half of IT government pros said they think the threats are coming from the outside. 

External hacking is the top cybersecurity threat plaguing federal agencies, according to a new poll of over 200 IT security…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 14, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

One Man's Mission - Ethics Reform

Missouri is home to some of the weakest ethic laws in the county. The Show-Me-State is the only state in the country that does not limit the amount of money that can be given in campaign contributions and also does not put a limit on the personal gifts that lobbyists can give to legislators. …

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 11, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Real Pay Debate - Not A Number, But Proper Compensation

Your pay is up for debate, yet again. A new Congressional Research Service report, Selected Characteristics of Private and Public Sector Workers, continues the debate that came to the forefront during the 2010 election season over…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 10, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Should The Next School House Rock Video Be About Civic Tech?

Growing up in the 90s, School House Rock taught me all about how a bill becomes a law and how the U.S. is a melting pot of cultures. But today, there’s no School House Rock video to explain to me what civic technology is. And I could really use one. 

If you’re like me, you may have…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

9 Government Apps You Need To Know

There are more than 160 million smartphone users in the United States today. 61% of mobile phone users own a smartphone. And the global smartphone audience surpassed the 1 billion mark in 2012 and will total 1.75 billion in 2014.

Clearly, mobile is here to stay.  Consequently, the rapid rise of smartphones and tablet computing has set off a race to produce apps for just…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 7, 2014 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The Quiet Crisis - Gov's Woefully Inadequate Pay System

“Money, money, money” – that’s often the refrain you hear from federal civil servants, who feel they don’t get paid enough. Not nearly enough. Chris Dorobek calls the pay system, “woefully inadequate for the challenges of the 21st century.”

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton agrees. The report even goes as far as to say that…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 7, 2014 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

States Double Down On Cloud Computing - Don't Miss The Train

"Cloud computing has changed the way that CIOs procure goods and services in the government. The cloud computing train left the station a long time ago, it is more than past time for governments to fully jump on board.” – Meredith Ward.

More than 74% of state CIOs say they have at least one application in the cloud. That’s up from just 33% who answered the question in 2010. These numbers are from a recently released National Association of State Chief Information Officers …

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 4, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Four Ways To Improve Procurement

Last year, in the midst of the Healthcare.gov’s troubled launch, President Obama said government IT procurement needs to be blown up and built anew. But how do you blow up federal procurement effectively?

Healthcare.gov troubled procurement wasn’t the only high profile…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 3, 2014 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Take A Voyage - Why The Partnership Program Is Making A Difference

Every day on the DorobekINSIDER program we try to tell good government stories to help you do your job better. Today we get to highlight a program that is helping people do their jobs better by showing the power of partnerships; it’s an awesome program called Voyagers. Voyagers is part of the Industry Advisory Council in the American…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 2, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A New Way To Run For Office - The Open Sourced Way

The definition of, of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So that begs the question is there a better way to create a political platform?

David Cole is a 28 year old software developer who spent 2 years working at the White House as a Deputy Director for New Media. He is now a candidate for …

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Added by Emily Jarvis on April 1, 2014 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Protecting Against Fraud

By Marci Carris

Bad actors have been known to target wireless customers as well as banking and credit card customers. That’s why it’s important that you educate yourself about typical tactics fraudsters use and know how to avoid being a victim.



Fraudsters may call, text or email you falsely representing themselves as official representative of a…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on March 31, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Contracting Check-In - Where Does The Market Stand In The Wake Of The Shutdown

The federal IT landscape is shifting. Now more than ever, contractors and the federal government alike are looking to sell and buy government services, not hardware. Think cloud computing over data centers. But the shift is causing some problems, because the federal procurement system simply…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on March 31, 2014 at 1:37pm — No Comments

How To Get Women In The Contracting Game

Women owned small businesses make up less than 5% of the federal procurements, but the federal government is trying to make a change. They have created requirements and set-asides to help women-owned businesses enter into federal contracts. The Small Business Administration and American Express Open have also teamed up to help get the word out…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on March 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Avoid The BORING, 7 Ways To Making A Rocking Panel - Plus Weekend Reads!

We have all been there, stuck watching what seems like an endless panel, with panelists that drone on and on and on and on. There is no escaping the boring. What's worse, you walk away without any new insights or understanding. Basically the entire thing was a waste of…

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Added by Emily Jarvis on March 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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