I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

It hasn’t quite been “all the live-long day”, but lately I’ve been riding Amtrak up and down the East Coast as an alternative to flying. In general I find it comfortable, relaxing and a very pleasing way to travel. You can plug in your cellphone or laptop, stroll to the cafe car for a coffee… Read more »

Federal Eye: Census Tops Richardson’s Commerce To-Do List

The nomination of Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) to head up the Commerce Department comes as the department’s U.S. Census Bureau prepares to conduct its decennial national count of Americans. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office suggests there’s still plenty to do before the bureau starts counting in 13 months. Have no fear —… Read more »

Could Government Learn From Professional Sports Teams?

I was watching Sportscenter yesterday and, as I saw Sean Avery’s idiotic comment, a crazy thought went through my head. Avery’s comment was surely embarrassing and offensive to his team and to the NHL. His team and the league clearly would have preferred he had not said anything like that. However, both the team and… Read more »

Media 2.0 Must Follow Fed 2.0

Earlier today, Steve (@govloop), tweeted that he’s a late early adopter, which makes him a government innovator. Heritage media works the same way, often adapting to trends just as they change. I know, because I worked in small and mid-size news orgs for seven years, as an editor and reporter. I started a work-related blog… Read more »

The Future of Government 2.0

Well before Obama actually assumes office on January 20th, those of us who follow new government media have already observed a proliferation of fresh perspectives on how emerging web technologies may be utilized by the next administration. Some people cite blogging as the key to reform (blogging drives the entire internet, right?) Others claim that… Read more »