Career

I Want to Help

To Whom It May Concern: You won’t believe the things I’ve seen. My ‘little’ in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program has parents that left him because of jail or drugs and a grandmother that has abandoned him. He gets suspended and sent home (to his wonderful 80-year-old great-grandmother) if so much as his peer… Read more »

HUD’s ‘Cubicle Issue’ Stirs Up Staffers

As Bush administration appointees at Housing and Urban Development get ready to pack up and leave, some career staffers also will be moving today, albeit temporarily, as their walled offices are gutted and replaced by cubicles. The “cubicle issue” irks employees in HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), a collection of economists and… Read more »

Reinventing Public Service

I’ve previously made my case for the value of the word “bureaucrat” but it’s a tough battle. To appease the 50th complaint, I changed the profile question to “Who is your favorite public servant?” Which bring me to public service. A lot of talk has occurred recently on reenergizing public service. When I was in… Read more »

What Makes Government 2.0 Different from Enterprise 2.0?

This post previously appeared on my “Social Media Strategery” blog. One of the things that I have consistently noticed in my five years as a government communications consultant is that our new hires who come from the corporate world go through an adjustment period upon first supporting a government client. That’s to be expected as… Read more »

Ten Guiding Principles for E-civil Service

I Introduction Is there anything called e-civil service or electronic civil service? If so, what is it? How does it differ from the traditional civil service? How can it keep pace with technological developments? What role does it have in Government 2.0? Is there any conflict between old conduct rules for the civil servants and… Read more »

I/ITSEC….Any GovLoop Members going?

OK…so I get one day of rest to do laundry and then I head off to the Interservice and Industry, Training, Simulation and Education Conference (IITSEC). If you are not within the U.S. Dept of Defense sphere or its international partners, then let me hip you to this gig. Imagine 15-20K people from all over… Read more »