Posts By Carl Webb

Government Analytics For Dummies – A limited edition ebook from IBM

Discuss how analytics solutions are providing state and local agencies with insights into decision-quality information. These insights will help you stay ahead of trends and risks, manage budgets more effectively for the greatest returns, and predict outcomes to drive effectiveness and efficiencies. Chapter highlights include: What Is Analytics for Government? Measuring the Impact of DecisionsRead… Read more »

Texas is doing a bad job on delivering transparency and accountability

Texas Earns a Poor Grade for Integrity State Government Doing a Poor Job Delivering Transparency and Accountability to Citizens Investigative Report by Kelley ShannonPosted Monday, March 19, 2012 1:30pm In Texas politics, money flows freely, lobbyists enjoy a powerful presence at the state capitol, and governors are propelled into the national spotlight. Citizens who wantRead… Read more »

Is the Federal Government Helping to Bust Unions? IAM Local 778 members picket outside the federally-owned Honeywell facility on October 10, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by IAM Local 778) Web Only// Features » November 20, 2011 Is the Federal Government Helping to Bust Unions? Defense contractor Honeywell pushed concessions onto striking workers—and unions say Washington supported the company behind theRead… Read more »

White House releases report on government transparency

The White House released a report today detailing efforts the Obama administration has made to government transparency. Watchdogs largely praised administration efforts but said true change could take more time. According to the 33-page document, “The Obama Administration’s Commitment to Open Government: A Status Report,” officials have increased government openness by, for example, approving moreRead… Read more »

Study: Privatizing government doesn’t actually save money

The theory that the federal government should outsource its operations to private firms usually rests on a simple premise: It saves money. But why should we believe it saves money? Often the argument is made by pointing to salaries for public- and private-sector employees in comparable jobs and noting that the private-sector employees make less.Read… Read more »

Education, Inc: A Conversation with the Texas Observer’s Abby Rapoport at Monkeywrench Books

Sep 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm MonkeyWrench Books 110 E. North Loop Austin, TX 512-407-6925 Please join MonkeyWrench Books and the Texas Observer for this conversation with Abby Rapoport. As the “education reform” movement has come to dominate policy, more and more education dollars find their way into mega-corporations. Testing contracts alone are worth hundredsRead… Read more »

Amazon releases secure cloud for government

By: Dave Rosenberg Cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced AWS GovCloud, a new AWS Region designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. Amazon’s move reflects the ongoing adoption of public cloud services by government entities,Read… Read more »