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A much-maligned engine of innovation

Gee the public center has value ...who'd a thunk!

Review of Debunking Public vs Private 
Sector Myths
 
By Mariana Mazzucato

Book review in the Financial Times (free registration required...worth a look see)

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/32ba9b92-efd4-11e2-a237-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2b2Q4KzJN

Sandy

Added by Sandy Ressler on August 4, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Top Ten Ways Feds Can Help With the Sequester

Top Ten Ways Feds Can Help With the Sequester



10. As building maintenance is curtailed, chip in and bring in some cleaning products from home

9. Bathroom duty

8. Sell snacks to the people waiting for hours at the new TSA security…

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Added by Sandy Ressler on February 22, 2013 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Hey Apple What Are We .gov Folks Chopped Livah?

Dear Apple,

The iPad is a great device, BUT that virtual keyboard has a glaring omission. The ".com" key, when held, pops up a very cool short cut for other top level domains: .net .org .com .us .edu  but hey no .gov!! Totally annoying and doesn't help people when trying to find useful .gov websites. Would really appreciate if you fix this short coming. Thanks!

Sandy

Added by Sandy Ressler on May 15, 2012 at 7:15pm — 4 Comments

When did “compromise” turn into a dirty word?

I was listening to the radio this morning and heard some of the discussion about the “tea party” rally last Thurs on the Mall. According to the report about a half dozen members of Congress also clamored for microphone and television attention. One member of… Continue

Added by Sandy Ressler on April 1, 2011 at 7:56pm — 2 Comments

Social Media's Killer App - Revolution

I'm not real hot on social media. I don't desire to live my life on a Facebook wall and have no desire to reconnect with people I lost touch with 25 years ago. Generally there was a reason we lost touch ;-)



However it strikes me that perhaps the real "killer-app" for social media is Revolution. The unrest we are currently witnessing in the Arab world is astounding. More striking is the role that social media (and I have to include cell phones) has played. This really hit me when I was… Continue

Added by Sandy Ressler on February 21, 2011 at 9:44pm — 2 Comments

Best and Brightest or Race to Mediocrity

OK fellow Feds, our pay is frozen for two years. I can live with it, but I'm not happy about it. The trend in the news seems to be attacks on state workers. I say "Welcome to the club!!" Us Feds were getting kind of lonely being picked on exclusively. Now state employee's can join the party.





More seriously one has to wonder does the general population want smart, hard working public servants or simply people who get the job done, eventually. It's an issue of excellence versus… Continue

Added by Sandy Ressler on January 3, 2011 at 9:27pm — 9 Comments

I work for the government and I am NOT the enemy

It seems that the country is becoming more and more polarized. Right wingers have become far-right-wingers, and left wingers are moving far-left, all are becoming wing-nuts. I've been a federal employee for (gulp) 25 years and it's rarely been something to be "proud" of to non federal people, i.e. the general public. Perception of federal employees as lazy, overpaid, incompetent, among other adjectives are widespread. With the Obama administration there seems to be some recognition that this… Continue

Added by Sandy Ressler on March 8, 2010 at 10:33am — 62 Comments

Government as Innovator

Take a look at a just published NYTimes letter from an old friend

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/business/28backpage-GOVERNMENTAS_LETTERS.htm?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1246190656-P7n3Pwsk3VDcFxZptE5V/A

(reprinted for your convenience here)



Re “Can Government Till the Fields of Innovation?” (Unboxed, June 21), which examined national efforts around the world to turn ideas into products and services:



The United States government, far from just “wading into”… Continue

Added by Sandy Ressler on June 28, 2009 at 8:18am — 2 Comments

Arguing to become a Fed...my how times have changed!

Check out the article about Carl Malamud trying to figure out how to get the administration to appoint him to head the GPO. I for one hope he succeeds...he's done amazing things in the past.

Added by Sandy Ressler on February 26, 2009 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment

Twittering of Historical Events...Totally Brilliant!

Check out http://twitter.com/cdarwin
where you can follow the tweets of Charles Darwin on the Beagle.

So what other historical events might be educational/amusing using this methodology?

Added by Sandy Ressler on February 19, 2009 at 8:18am — 4 Comments

Top 10 Reasons You Should Want to be Secretary of the Department of Commerce

In light of recent developments some suggestions on finding the elusive DOC Secretary.



Top 10 Reasons You Should Want to be Secretary of the Department of Commerce



10. Yanno that phone number that you call to get the time...yep you're in charge of it.



9. You get to be in charge of the National Institute of Standards and Technology which means you control the fabric of Time itself (they run the Atomic Clock)



8. You get to be in charge of the switch to… Continue

Added by Sandy Ressler on February 12, 2009 at 6:02pm — 3 Comments

3D and Public Policy

I came across a very interesting article by Mike Nelson (former Clinton admin policy techno wonk...now at Georgetown) and Chris Francis (IBM UK) giving some good thoughts on public policy issues and all those 3D virtual world type environments.
It's at:
3D and Public Policy

Added by Sandy Ressler on February 2, 2009 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Fascinating example of crowdsourcing

An amazingly cool example of leveraging cell phones and paying the rural poor for work.
Check out:
http://www.technologyreview.com/business/21983/?a=f
and
http://txteagle.com/

So who's got a bright idea on how to do something like this of use for the feds!

Added by Sandy Ressler on January 23, 2009 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

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