“Sweet GovTweets” Tues. 31st March, 2009 edition

Apologies for errors in advance: @nishachittal: Well this is interesting: a livestream from the White House? Brings whole new meaning to transparency: #opengov #gov20 @cjoh 33 entries into Apps for America. Awesome. #opengov #gov20 #p2 @mikemathieu: Wondering why the ROI of lobbying is so high. Should Congress get incentive pay? What would theRead… Read more »

GovLoop Member of the Week: Don Horn, Director, PBS Sustainability Program, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, GSA Public Buildings Service

Thanks so much to Don Horn for taking the time to be interviewed. Don Horn is Director, PBS Sustainability Program, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, GSA Public Buildings Service What is your current position? I’m director of the Sustainability Program for the Public Buildings Service of the General Services Administration, so it’s green federalRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: GAO: DOD Lacks Information on Acquisition Workforce

President Obama said Tuesday night that his administration will soon unveil plans to overhaul the Defense Department’s procurement process, but a new report suggests it could have a hard time figuring it all out. The department “does not collect or track information on contractor personnel” and “lacks information on why contractor personnel are used,” accordingRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Obama On the Politics of Procurement

The Eyes and ears of Beltway bureaucrats undoubtedly perked up tonight during President Obama’s prime-time news conference when he detoured for a brief discussion of the federal government’s procurement process. “There is uniform acknowledgment that the procurement system right now doesn’t work. That’s not just my opinion. That’s John McCain’s opinion. That’s Carl Levin’s opinion,”Read… Read more »

NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament (Day #2), Western Collegiate Hockey Assocation Tournament, and the NIT (sigh)

Yesterday, the madness began with Cleveland State in the south, the west with Whiskey, and the east with tiny Siena College. This is why the country loves March Madness; teams like Cleveland State University and Siena can capture the nation’s heart in a matter of weeks. Cleveland State University is a young urban institution (withRead… Read more »

What form should a government blog take?

Republished from eGovAU. There’s an excellent and very active discussion over at Adriel Hampton’s blog regarding, Templating a Government 2.0 Blog. The discussion ranges beyond the pure technical and moderation challenges of establishing a blog (which are very easy to overcome) and into the mindset of government. In fact my view of the discussion isRead… Read more »

How Open and Transparent Will Reporting of State Level Stimulus Spending Be?

By Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D. I’m almost finished building my list of state government stimulus reporting web pages. Next week I’ll begin a more detailed state by state review of what these pages reveal about how “open and transparent” states are being about how they use ARRA money. Below I discuss why I’m doing this,Read… Read more »

Who’s your NCAA Cinderella, baby?

Cinderella (a.) – resembling Cinderella in being elevated suddenly to a position of honor, glory, etc. a Cinderella team in a basketball tournament Enter the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison. The Bison earned the state of North Dakota’s first ever bid to the Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament by defeating Oakland University inRead… Read more »