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Iowa Lawmaker Wants One School Superintendent Per County

Iowa lawmaker wants one school superintendent per county DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker wants to limit the state to one school superintendent in each county. Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, says the administrative costs being carried by school districts is too high. He says there are nine superintendents in Polk County andRead… Read more »

Making Recovery.gov first step toward smart regulation

(This post appeared originally in the Huffington Post, Feb. 23, 2009. Reprinted with permission) The Obama Administration created Recovery.gov as a critical stimulus component, taking a “don’t trust us, track us” approach to assure funds are distributed quickly and fairly and “recipients and uses of all recovery funds are transparent.” It will also provide cluesRead… Read more »

Would appreciate suggestions on what gov 2.0 topics you want to learn more about

Hi GovLoopers 🙂 I am strongly considering submitting a speaking proposal to The National Association of Government Webmasters for their upcoming conference. While there are various subjects I could pitch and speak to, would like to know what suggestions you have on perhaps what topics you believe are most helpful to learn more about. OutRead… Read more »

Federal News Radio Interviews Author David Van Slyke on Complex Contracting Challenges

This morning, Federal News Radio interviewed David Van Slyke about his report, “The Challenge of Contracting for Large Complex Projects: A Case Study of the Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program.” For more information and to hear the interview, visit this web page: http://www.businessofgovernment.org/publications/grant_reports/details/index.asp?gid=328

Goverati Stand Tall

Cross-posted on Communicators Anonymous There has been quite a bit of talk lately about the “goverati” – a term coined by Dr. Mark Drapeau. “What is the goverati? It is made up of people with first-hand knowledge of how the government operates, who understand how to use social software to accomplish a variety of governmentRead… Read more »

Economic Recovery Act, Let’s Get Transparency Right: The Importance of Citizen Based Network Transparency

Let’s get transparency right. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, passed this Friday the 11th, requires an extraordinary level of “transparency” on the part of federal, state and local agencies. Title XV embodies the transparency requirements. Section 1511 requires that all local and state governments receiving funding for infrastructure investment, must certify: “..thatRead… Read more »

How to Ride The Federal Hiring Wave

Originally posted at thegovgurus.com: There is one – and only one – nationwide employer that will continue to annually fill hundreds of thousands of high-paying, secure, dynamic jobs no matter how bad the economy may get. Who is this employer? The federal government, which will annually hire more than 200,000 new employees throughout the U.S.Read… Read more »

The National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) is now accepting speaking proposals for the 2009 NAGW National Conference

The National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) is now accepting speaking proposals for the 2009 NAGW National Conference in Galveston, Texas, September 16-18. NAGW is seeking presenters who are willing to share knowledge and ideas and present on new technologies and trends that will allow attendees to return to their offices with new ideas andRead… Read more »

Microloans and macro effects (Join me?)

[Update Feb 4, 2009: I’ve created a GovLoop group and kiva lending team.] Have you heard of the microfinancing concept? The basic idea is that by making very small loans to entrepeneurs in developing areas, you help them help themselves and contribute to the local economy. Thanks to Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist,com, I learnedRead… Read more »