Social Portals. Why? How? When?

Should Facebook and other social portals—tools and networks designed to build social relationships and friendships be used as a primary means to formulate public policy? Are the social portals the right (and best) strategic approach to support the multiple roles and needs of government agencies — now and into the future? If we today promoteRead… Read more »

How to Go From 4 to 400 LinkedIn Group Members in 4 Months

As someone who is studying the intersection of social media and generational diversity in the workforce (with an emphasis on the public and social sectors), I am intrigued by a couple key questions right now: What drives people to become engaged in social media? What are the decisive moments or key motivations that move aRead… Read more »


Originally published here I did a presentation last night on the work I’ve been doing with Plone and Local Government and I was asked about a term I used – OOOG. OOOG stands for Open source, Open standards, Open Government. It’s a personal standard that I use when judging the suitability of a project orRead… Read more »

By Way Of Hello

I’m a 52yo disability pensioner in WA, and I am keenly aware of certain issues that are bedevilling Australia at the moment, and doing my bit where I can to alleviate that. (Zencookbook Blog is a good place to start for that.) I think the best way to let people know what I’m about isRead… Read more »

Where vendor organizations, legislation and open source collide – Healthcare Information Systems

I thought I’d include this as a reference since I’ve brought up this discussion elsewhere. If you’re looking for drama, plot twists and a wide assortment of characters look no further than the current impetus toward Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption – A potentially Shakespearean Drama. The players and scenario: The battle brewing over EHRRead… Read more »

How our Spy Community is Leading in Personnel Reform!

Watch this video that outlines one of our recent reports. Here is a summary: the Intelligence Community developed a “federated” approach to its human capital system under the authority of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. This approach effectively balances the needs of the community with those of individual agencies. Unlike theRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Interior Dept. Bungles Passport Records

The Interior Department’s inspector general has found widespread mishandling and tracking of highly valuable passports issued to department officials traveling overseas, alleging that in numerous instances employees violated federal privacy laws. Several expired passports could not be accounted for and inspectors also could not locate the passports once issued to Interior Secretary Gale Norton andRead… Read more »