Astronauts can use Google Hangouts. Why can’t you?

A federal agency recently made news by hosting a Google+ Hangout. It was impressive because the agency was NASA and participants were in outer space.

“They can put a man on the moon, but they can’t ________”
– Complainers since 1969

I bet you can’t use Google+ Hangouts as a video conferencing tool at work. It is the type of tool that gets banned by IT departments.

Telework is important. Tools like Hangouts are critical to telework productivity. I use Hangouts for (non-federal) work all the time, and it really helps.

I am curious: Has anyone used Hangouts within the federal government? If so, what agency? Was it allowed or encouraged by IT and managers, or more of a bottom-up thing?

Happy complaining!

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