Posts By jessicaprue

Continuing transparency efforts despite funding cuts

Many blogs and news outlets recently expressed concern with the drastic $32 million cuts to the Electronic Government Fund in the proposed Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (see Huffington Post, Cairns Blog, and Computer World, among others). As an open government advocate, I am also disappointed in the proposed cuts to the Electronic Government Fund andRead… Read more »

Lessons from Internal Social Media at Department of State

Tiffany Smith from the Department of State recently spoke with Professor Ines Mergel’s Government 2.0 course at Maxwell about Diplopedia and other internal social media tools within the agency. Below, I summarize 5 key lessons from the lecture that may be applicable to internal social media use at other government agencies. 1. Internal social mediaRead… Read more »

Complications of Recipient Identifiers in Government Databases

In her recent testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, suggested that the U.S. government must establish system-wide identifiers in national database systems. Such identifiers would be “like checks in a checkbook…different databases tracking the same information will have the same data, like whenRead… Read more »