The Election Didn’t End Open Government…But It Will “Change Course”

Every month, I’ve been writing a “Backtalk” column for Federal Computer Week, collecting and coalescing the best conversations on GovLoop. The latest piece addresses the impact of the mid-term elections on Open Government efforts. Here are a few snippets: “Will the midterm election close down open government?” That was the question my GovLoop colleague StephenRead… Read more »

GovLoopers Get Ready For Rhode Island

A few weeks back we posted on GovLoop about Lincoln Chafee an Independent candidate running for Rhode Island Governor and how he outlined GovLoop heavily in his Open Government Initiative for the state. Well last night just like any man with a good plan Chafee won the election for Rhode Island Governor. We are reallyRead… Read more »

Vets and Boomers: How Did It Feel? (GovLoop’s Latest on HuffPo)

The latest GovLoop piece on HuffPo is up! Here’s how it starts: Veterans: Do you remember what it was like to return from World War II as heroes, hearing a strong and sincere “welcome home” from an adoring American public? Baby Boomers: Do you remember how it felt to hear President Kennedy’s inspiring inauguration appeal,Read… Read more »

Daily Dose: Beauty Queens and Government Geeks

What do beauty queens and government geeks have in common? They both appeared at an event last week in which OPM Director John Berry applauded recent advances in Federal hiring reform, according to the Washington Post’s Joe Davidson: Federal hiring reform efforts ‘moving in right direction Davidson explains: It was one of those uniquely WashingtonRead… Read more »

Top 5 – How to Maximize Per Diem

*********************************************************************** Not a Govloop Member? 30 Secs & Free to Join for Great Info & Perks *********************************************************************** Top 5 – How to Maximize Per Diem The magical per diem. When you travel, there are lots of theories on how to maximize your per diem. Heck, we even built a per diem calculator to help you.Read… Read more »

Stop Learning the Hard Way, Part 2

In Part 1, I laid out the present reality of learning. Using a recent lesson learned in responding to my teething, seven-month old son, I made the claim that we’re increasingly gaining new information via search engines and social networks. I said that I planned to persuade your thinking on three points: • Informal learningRead… Read more »

How To Run an Awesome Gov’t TweetUp – Lessons from NASA

************************************************************************ Not a Member? JOIN NOW (It’s free and Takes 30 seconds) ************************************************************************ So I spent today at the awesome NASA tweetup in Kennedy Space Center. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stay until the delayed launch (now Wednesday). But I learned a lot in my 7 hours on site about NASA and even moreRead… Read more »

Daily Dose: Peace Corps Pressing Toward 10,000 Volunteers

At their apex, Peace Corps volunteers totaled 9,000 back in 1970. Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post reports that the number of volunteers is now 8,655 – that’s nearly one thousand more than a year ago and hopefully moving toward its goal of 10,000 per year: Peace Corps volunteer totals reach 40-year high According toRead… Read more »