NIEM Awarded 2009 Intergovernmental Solutions Award

The American Council for Technology (ACT) presented a 2009 Intergovernmental Solutions Award on June 1, 2009, to the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) in recognition of the program’s trail-blazing and innovative practices. “This recognition is proof of great work accomplished by the coalition of the willing—by practitioners at all levels of government, especially our state… Read more »

GovLoop Member of the Week: Benjamin Strong

If you’re on Twitter, you may have seen some of the great tweets from @Amver like: -> Nigerian rebels kidnap 6 crewmembers from chemical carrier Sichem Peace -> Boating tips for watching fireworks from boats -> U.S. House passes piracy amendment; military guards to man certain ships/cargoes -> Iranian naval ship stops pirate attack in… Read more »

10 Ways Social Media Will Improve Federal Acquisition

A couple months ago, I noticed a conversation on GovLoop regarding acquisition. Having spent the past ten years as a proposal writer that has responded to hundreds of Requests for Proposals on behalf of non-profit and educational institutions, I contributed six quick ideas to the discussion. Well, no good deed goes unpunished and those comments… Read more »

Sweet GovTweets 07.01.2009

Happy 4th of July eve, eve, eve … I just LOVE this holiday! I hope you all have fun family plans.Ok, maybe just ..fun plans? 🙂 Everyone was just very, very chatty today … great info (everyone is really really ready for the HOLIDAY!) I am having guests for part of a long week, and… Read more »

Sweet GovTweets 06302009

Well! I have missed you, and I hope you have missed me. I am just immersed in a project that is so personally satisfying that I can hardly tear myself away from it. It’s a Father’s Day present. My daddy is 80; a retired business executive, a politician, and always very involved politically. That generation?… Read more »

Federal Eye: Census Vets Tapped for New Advisory Board

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has tapped three Census Bureau veterans to serve as part-time advisers on operational, management and contracting issues while President Obama’s nominee to serve as Census director awaits a full Senate confirmation vote. The trio includes Dr. Kenneth Prewitt, who served as bureau director from 1998 to 2001 and was widely believed… Read more »

Build it or they will come

Republished from eGovAU. In 2007 a combined SMS and online electoral monitoring system went into action in Nigeria to report electoral fraud. Based on increasing mobile use (as fixed infrastructure is very limited in the country), mobile phones were able to provide voters with a voice when ballots were not conducted fairly. Similar systems are… Read more »

Sweet Gov Conference Tweets – Participation Camp (#pcamp09) Part 1

Participation Camp was organized to provide the spark for an explosion of sharing, experimentation, and collaboration around this question: Democracy is a game in which we all make the rules. How do we make this serious game more inclusive, more fair, and more fun? Participation Camp Website Here’s the Twitter-related stats followed by the Twitter… Read more »

Collaboration is a top priority for disaster planning & response

Originally posted to www.brightsidegovernment.com By Glenn Schoonover We have already witnessed the first hurricane of the season. Despite the fact that Hurricane Andres quickly receded to a tropical depression in the Pacific, hurricane preparedness and response is one of the most critical collaborative efforts among federal, state and local agencies to protect lives, communities and… Read more »

Government as Innovator

Take a look at a just published NYTimes letter from an old friend http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/business/28backpage-GOVERNMENTAS_LETTERS.htm?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1246190656-P7n3Pwsk3VDcFxZptE5V/A (reprinted for your convenience here) Re “Can Government Till the Fields of Innovation?” (Unboxed, June 21), which examined national efforts around the world to turn ideas into products and services: The United States government, far from just “wading into” innovation today,… Read more »