Project Management

Modern Marvels & Absolute Zero NOVA Special

Five NIST employees will be featured on the Modern Marvels: Measure It episode that will air THIS week, Tuesday December 23rd at 8 pm ET. Elizabeth Gentry and Robert Watters (Technology Services), Zeina Jabbour (Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory), Dean Ripple and Greg Strouse (Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory) talk about their work. Also, on Tuesday atRead… Read more »

Eight Reality Checkpoints for Using “New Social Media” In Government

By Dennis D. McDonald I’m tracking public announcements about the transition to the Obama administration and the emerging role for digital media and technology in the public sector. Currently a mix of messages is being transmitted by industry and government leaders and commentators. Some are overwhelmingly positive about the potential for using modern digital mediaRead… Read more »

I Am Public Service – Great Work, In Your Own Words

By now, you are wondering “What’s that banner ad that says iampublicservice.org?” Many of you have clicked on it and learned that it’s a new site that we’ve launched to highlight and honor the heroic work of public servants like you. Here’s a screen shot: A recent survey by Gallup and the Partnership for PublicRead… Read more »

About HUD.gov’s internship program

Does anyone have any insight on the next Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) at HUD’s New York’s regional office. I’ve been reaching out to HUD representatives, the NY regional office and USA.gov, but I CAN NOT get any information from them. Is there anyone in the inner circles of government who can assist me? IRead… Read more »

Cost/Benefit Analysis Part 2 – Good Enough for Government Work

It’s a punchline right, “Good enough for government work?” Certainly not the attitude at your agency or mine, but “Good enough for government work” has something to teach us when evaluating IT alternatives. Benefit/Cost Ratio is calculated by dividing the total present value benefits by the total present value costs. Where costs exceed benefits, theRead… Read more »

Low-hanging Fruit for Your Stimulus Basket

Ever since our city first became aware of the possibility of a federal stimulus package focusing on public works, we have been busy as bees finding “shovel-ready” projects to submit for funding. Because I realize efforts like ours are now going on all over the U.S., I thought it might be helpful to post someRead… Read more »

GovLoop Contest Winner – George Washington University!

The GovLoop Battle of Colleges Charity Contested has officially ended with the winner being the George Washington University. 2nd place goes to George Mason University and 3rd place goes to American University. Despite our range of members, I guess the D.C. connection is strong although if given another week or so I’m guessing you wouldRead… Read more »

Brain Drain in the Intelligence Community?

Ed O’Keefe’s Federal Eye blog this morning had an enlightening post about how many of the leaders in the intelligence community are baby-boomers poised for retirement. In fact, there was a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday that highlighted these concerns. To be more precise, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission putRead… Read more »

Applying Crowdsourcing/Collaborative Models in a Government Environment

This is the third of three in a mini-series of blog entries. In the first blog entry, I described Gov 2.0 as a world of “permeable boundaries”, characterized by crowdsourcing and collaboration, and described the challenges that created for leadership. In the second blog entry I looked at some model organizations that are already workingRead… Read more »

Cost/Benefit Analysis Part 1 – The Government Line

I’ll be writing a series of posts on Cost/Benefit Analysis. First the Government line: baseline excerpts from government hosted publications regarding cost/benefit analysis, and links back to the publication. OMB Circular A094 – Guidelines and Discount Rates for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Federal Programs: …A program is cost-effective if, on the basis of life cycle costRead… Read more »