Leadership

New Acting Director at OPM

I’m waiting for answers on why he did this, but apparently President Obama has appointed an acting Office of Personnel Management director, Kathie Ann Whipple, previously the agency’s deputy general counsel. A couple of things strike me as strange about this….

Participatory Budgeting and e-Democracy (Part 1)

(note: originally posted at theConnectedRepublic.org) Participatory Budgeting (PB) can be broadly defined as the participation of citizens in the decision-making process of budget allocation and monitoring public spending. Participation may take various forms, from effective decision-making power in the allocation of resources to more modest initiatives that confer voice during the development of the budget…. Read more »

Cops 2.0

I want to tell you about a really cool site that is being built and looks like it is going to be a great tool! Go to: http://cops2point0.com/blog/ You will find resources that are helpful to departments that want to go to the next level. The fact is that modern law enforcement will utilize these… Read more »

Don’t Shut Down Car Wash Fundraiser in Your City – Keep them Responsible to NPDES Permits – By Lance Winslow

Car Wash Fundraisers need not be shut down for violations to the local NPDES permits and affluent waste wash-water runoff. Rather, local government officials should help the local non-profit groups comply with their local NPDES permits by offering suggestions to prevent pollution run-off. In this free eBook below; http://www.carwashguys.com/fundraisers/LAschools.html I offer suggestions and BMPs (best… Read more »

Creating a New Agency Web Site

I’m working on our new agency web-site. Actually I’ve been working on it for quite some time now – it’s a monster of a site with tons of content. Here’s my work in progress: http://djfs.co.seneca.oh.us/cmsmadesimple/. Nothing really Web 2.0 about it, we’re still focused on the Web 1.0 stuff. And, yes, this is a difficult… Read more »

Federal Eye: Will Bamboo Shortage Impact Berry’s OPM Job?

The National Zoo is in urgent need of bamboo, reports The Post’s Michael Ruane and “zoo officials said they may not have enough to last the winter.” That’s not good news for the Zoo’s director, John Berry, who’s reportedly accepted Barack Obama’s offer to serve as director of the Office of Personnel Management. As The… Read more »