Leadership

Federal Eye: Obama’s Latest Signing Statement

Talk about a minor technicality! President Obama issued a signing statement yesterday objecting to one minor item in the monster Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. At issue is whether Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has to consult with lawmakers when making appointments to an obscure commission. The omnibus comprises more than 150 individual bills… Read more »

Conference Time

I’m spending time at our Agency’s National Grant and Interagency Agreement Conference. Today is a day of early meetings. The conference actually kicks off tomorrow– and I am the lead on five 90 minute breakout sessions. It should be an interesting time this week. I am responsible for sessions on Post-Award Monitoring and Cost Review…. Read more »

Federal Eye: Locke Joins Census Bureau Outreach Efforts

In his first official act as commerce secretary, Gary Locke urged the leaders of groups volunteering with the U.S. Census Bureau to increase their outreach efforts among the nation’s minority groups, noting the government has simplified the process in an effort to boost overall participation. “It’s our job to let Americans know that taking part… Read more »

Transforming Information Technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Jonathan Walters’ report chronicles the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to realign and centralize its information technology activities. Describing it as an “ambitious, audacious and arduous crusade,” Walters makes it very clear that this is still very much a work in progress. There are significant hurdles ahead and certain significant adjustments will no doubt… Read more »

Hokie Guru, Govloop’s Bureaucrat on Sports – Men’s NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – The Road to the Frozen Four Begins Today

Good morning Govloopers, Fargo Flood Update The Grand Forks Air Force Base will serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief efforts for the Fargo flood. Reunion Music Update Let the Hokie Guru take you back to the hair daize!! The 20-year reunion music is still on tap!! Have a glass!! The Hokie Guru… Read more »

Fargo Flood and NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament – Elite Eight Post from the Hokie Guru, GovLoop’s Bureacrat on Sports

Fargo Flood That’s what it looks along the banks of the Red River; the Hokie Guru is glad that his sister, brother-in-law, and their children evacuated the city of Fargo. As you might know, the Red River (which is along the Minnesota and North Dakota border), was orginally expected to crest to on Saturday, but… Read more »

Information held by the Government is a national resource

Republished from eGovAU. Information held by the Government is a national resource and should be managed in the public interest. Access to government information increases public participation, and leads to increased scrutiny, discussion, comment and review of government activity. It would be great to hear an Australian government make a statement like the above, acknowledging… Read more »

AFSA Election

As a vestige of my Foreign Service years, I am a member of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA). AFSA elections are coming up. I confess I don’t usually pay much attention to these things, but this year I am. For one thing, many of the candidates on the “establishment” slate for AFSA office are… Read more »

eDiscovery: What is it and how can it affect me?

Electronic Discovery, or “eDiscovery”, refers to discovery in civil litigation which deals with information in electronic format. This is any process in which electronic data is sought, located, secured, and searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a civil or criminal legal case. eDiscovery is the subject of amendments to the Federal… Read more »