Back Office

I’m based in an administrative support office for two bureaus of the State Department. I suspect that I could make good use of Web 2.0 functionality in providing guidance and information on administrative issues to my colleagues who do programs and policy, but the models I find are focused on serving external customers. So IRead… Read more »

Can Government Procurement Be Streamlined By Using Collaboration Technologies and Social Media?

By Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D. Author’s note: this is a republication from the author’s web site located here. The report Six Practical Steps to Improve Contracting by Dr. Allan V. Burman, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University, is based on a series of discussions co-sponsored by The IBM Center for the Business of Government and GeorgeRead… Read more »

Top 10 Best Practices for Government Websites from the Federal Web Managers Council

More goodness from webcontent.gov … Top 10 Best Practices for Government Websites 1. Meet all laws, requirements, policies, and other directives for public websites 2. Document your governance structure, including roles, relationships, responsibilities, rules, and review processes 3. Develop, document, and implement a strategic plan that both incorporates visionary changes and corrects problems with webRead… Read more »

Would appreciate suggestions on what gov 2.0 topics you want to learn more about

Hi GovLoopers 🙂 I am strongly considering submitting a speaking proposal to The National Association of Government Webmasters for their upcoming conference. While there are various subjects I could pitch and speak to, would like to know what suggestions you have on perhaps what topics you believe are most helpful to learn more about. OutRead… Read more »

Restaurant Week

I thought I would do a public service announcement. Last week was Restaurant Week in DC. Did you take advantage of this? Restaurant Week takes place twice a year, once in the frigid cold of the post-holidays and then again in the dog days of August. Times when diners are likely to be few. ForRead… Read more »

Federal Eye: Eye On the National Weather Service

WATCH THE VIDEO PROFILE HERE Arguably, no other group of government employees has as much impact on your daily life as the forecasters, scientists and technicians of the National Weather Service. Emergency medical and management personnel; city, county and state governments, and local media all make use of the Weather Service’s research and monitoring. TheirRead… Read more »

Excellent Quote

Alvin Toffler’s prophesy: “The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” From the Harvard Business blog: http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/nayar/2009/02/learn-unlearn-and-relearn.html A Time for Flexible, Positive Leaders 3:31 PM Friday February 20, 2009 As the world looks back to look ahead, nothing could ringRead… Read more »

Power of Information Taskforce Report

Yes, from UK but IMO has a great deal of relevance for ANY government entity wishing to go to the next level regarding involvement http://poit.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/poit/ From the Executive Summary: The Taskforce’s recommendations affect the things people do with the broadband networks that are the major focus of Digital Britian. This report is about improving DigitalRead… Read more »

Leadership in the global world

Following is the text of a speech I gave at the closing of the 22d Annual Black Management Association Conference at Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, on Feb. 21, 2009. LEADERSHIP IN THE GLOBAL WORLD Today, as never before, we need enlightened, effective leadership. We need leadership that is focused on recognizingRead… Read more »

Participative Government: A Historic, Yet Fragile Opportunity.

This week I had an opportunity to speak with Chris Dorobek, well-known host of Federal News Radio. It was an important discussion because, like many, I have been reflecting mightily about how and whether the commitment to a more participative government will succeed, and if so, in what form. Though historic, the opportunity is fragile.Read… Read more »