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A Reality Check on Mortgage Modification

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/business/26gret.html Interestingly, servicers who originated loans that may have violated federal or state law could use the modification process to avoid liability if they securitized the mortgage but retained the servicing rights. The author writes that this may be an unintended consequence of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 (H.R. 1106, passed… Read more »

Hiring Federal Web Project Manager (Management Analyst)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is looking to hire a talented Web Project Manager (Management Analyst). The position is located in Washington, DC, in the Web Services Staff. The Web Services Staff supports the agency’s Internet, intranet, and emerging Web 2.0 strategy. The position… Read more »

Web 3.0 and the Virtual Proposal Manager, part 1

Web 3.0 and the Virtual Proposal Manager, part 1 by Donna L. Quesinberry, Washington Business Examiner As an evolving field of expertise, proposal management and the ‘process life-cycle’ are entering yet another augmentation. The newest capture planning and business development solutions profile involves an ability to remain both an active and dynamic participant, while promoting… Read more »

Federal Eye: Napolitano Apologizes Directly to Vets Group for Report

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized directly today to Commander Dave Rehbein, head of the American Legion, after a recently leaked DHS intelligence report suggested that right-wing extremist groups might recruit military veterans returning from overseas deployments. The 45-minute meeting occurred at DHS headquarters in Washington this afternoon. A detailed account of the meeting from… Read more »

Federal Eye: Singing Bureaucrats

If you hear some big band sounds coming from a conference room at EPA headquarters today, do not be alarmed. It’s just the EPA Band, holding their regularly scheduled Friday lunchtime rehearsal. The group of of 15 to 20 employees has played together for at least 10 years, according to EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan, most… Read more »

A New Convert to the Goverati: @NenaMoss

Last week, I participated in the Gov 2.0 Boot Camp in Knoxville, TN, delivering a presentation on “Social Virtual Networks and Government.” A couple days after the event, I received a social media presenter’s greatest reward: an unexpected tweet from a Twitter newbie. Nena Moss had officially joined the ranks of the Goverati. Moreover, she… Read more »

THE COMPLETE TWITTER APP MEGA LIST FOR 2009

PARTS 1, 2, AND 3…ALL TOGETHER ON ONE PAGE!!! Twitterrific! The Most Useful Web 2.0 Apps/Tools For Twitter If you are trying to implement Twitter in your business or government social networking efforts, these apps and tools are my top picks for 2009: 1. TwitterAnalyzer: lets you see different statistic charts about you and your… Read more »

42 Ways You Can Help the Planet

AT HOME 1. ENERGY CONSERVATION. If every home in the United States replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), the energy saved would prevent greenhouse-gas emissions equivalent to taking 1 million cars off the road, says Arthur Rosenfeld, a physicist and member of the California Energy Commission. He also… Read more »

GovLoop Project of the Week – An Interview with Bill Finnerty on the Cumberland County Web 2.0 Initiative

1. What is this web 2.0 initiative in your county all about? This project grew from an understanding in IT that there were better ways to communicate with each other and the public. There are so many tools out there that we can use to communicate with different constituencies, even foster a dialog between them…. Read more »