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The Personal Rapid Transit Revolution

As the world searches for an answer to reducing the use of fossil fuels, cities are starting to look to the personal rapid transit (PRT) system as a potential solution. Lately, MISTER, a Polish-based company, has gained increasing notice for their innovative PRT system. MISTER is an acronym for Metropolitan Individual System of Transportation on… Read more »

Selling Your City

Santa Clarita, California has come up with a new way of enforcing the city’s brand and getting people to have some civic pride. They started an online boutique. That’s right. The City of Santa Clarita has it’s own official online store. I was browsing the site and found myself desperately wishing that my own city… Read more »

Nominations for the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Exceptional Service

Good Morning – Forums and blogs on Govloop often focus on career folks who are using innovative technologies to move the federal government forward. Here is an opportunity to have those individuals and their work highlighted across the federal government. The purpose of the Arthur S. Flemming Award in honoring outstanding career civil service men… Read more »

Is e-government a dangerous enthusiasm?

Yes, according to the conclusion reached by Gauld, Goldfinch and Dale* after a number of e-government case studies in New Zealand and a survey of wider literature. And it is an interesting judgement in case of New Zealand, a country with 4 million population, but well advanced in e-government. By mid-1990s most New Zealand government… Read more »

Federal Eye: Napolitano Faces Contracting Challenges at DHS

Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-Ariz.) is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to serve as secretary of homeland security. Should she be nominated and confirmed, she faces challenges well beyond border security, airport security and collective bargaining rights for TSA employees. A new report by the General Accountability Office issued yesterday demonstrates that the department still lacks the… Read more »

Joe the Senator

So the vote is in and it looks as if Joe Lieberman will keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Of course he loses his seat on the Environment and Public Works Committee. I’m not sure yet how I feel about this. Lieberman, like anyone, should be allowed to support any… Read more »

Federal Eye: Eye Opener: Nov. 18, 2008

Good morning! Alan Parson’s “Eye in The Sky” kicks us off today. Perhaps appropriate today since President Bush will announce his plans to ease holiday air traffic congestion during a speech at the Transportation Department. Leave your Eye-themed humor or pop culture suggestions in the comments section below. In other news… Burrowing: “Just weeks before… Read more »

FACA 2.0: Social MEdia and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Art of the Possible

I’m the Executive Secretary of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). FACA is a fabulous idea, with the goal of keeping the public aware of what’s going on in their governemnt, but the rules are antiquated and mired in bureaucratic. The bottom line is that it’s not nimble enough to deal with the rapid… Read more »

Federal Eye: The Plum Book: How Do I Apply For a Job?

Following yesterday’s rolling coverage of the Plum Book, a few (newly!) loyal readers have asked how one goes about applying for a job listed in the Plum Book. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, responsible for the book’s publication, suggests you: 1.) Contact your representative or senator if you’re applying for the highest… Read more »