Election Day Reflections

I took Friday off of work, and in the midst of all our Halloween celebrating (both my little ones had Halloween parties that needed volunteers) I was able to catch some of the news coverage about the turn out for early voting. In Floridia the lines went on for days, and people just kept showing… Read more »

GovLoop’s Bureaucrat on Sports – AP Top 25 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision – Election Edition and Selected Week 10 Picks

Very interesting story in the Politico today; here’s what an Obama Administration might look like. We might see the Hokie Guru’s favorite bureaucrat, Robert Rubin, appointed as Treasury Secretary. The Hokie Guru’s Governor in Virginia, Tim Kaine, also has a shot to be Attorney General. Anyway, please check it out because many of us on… Read more »

Young Feds 101: Remarkable Personal Branding

To find out about personal branding, let’s start with a game. I’ll type a word, and you react. It’s not hard; in fact, I challenge you not to think anything in response to these words. For instance, I say “Apple” you might think “Iphone”. Or “Creative”. Or maybe even “Overpriced.” Great. Try another one: Honda…. Read more »

2.0 — It’s Not Just the Feds

Earlier this week I brokered a conversation between two people I knew would hit it off. Pam Broviak is an online publisher, Director of Public Works for LaSalle, Illinois and a leading thinker about Government 2.0 at the local level. She put together a few months ago a group called MuniGov 2.0, which already boasts… Read more »

The Anger Of The Gods

Before I became Bureaucrates, Goddess of Bureaucracy, I was an alcolyte of Mediocrates, God of Mediocrity. Okay, I was actually a middle school kid studying Greek mythology in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in the 1980s, when the school district went on a tear about Achieving Excellence. Thus was Mediocrates born. His name is pronounced MEE-dee-o-crayts, of course…. Read more »

Extra, Extra, Read All About It

Alerting members and enticing nonmembers to YGL news and activities – in effort to expand YGL’s membership and effectiveness – is the goal of our public relations activities. YGL events (speakers, seminars, social activities, etc.) and messaging need to be shared as far and as wide as possible. Whether through major media outlets such as… Read more »

Join the National Dialogue on Health IT and Privacy!

How should we expand the use of information technology and protect personal privacy to improve health care? Next week, Americans will elect a new president. This is your chance to send a strong message to the next Administration about what our health IT and privacy policies should look like. The National Academy of Public Administration,… Read more »

Network society is lagging in citizen participation in policy decision-making in local government, finds a new study

In his crossnational analysis of the impact of online citizen participation on local government decision-making, Jensen (2008: 25) has reported that the network society is lagging when it comes to citizen participation in policy decision-making. (n=348 elected local government officials in 316 randomly selected municipalities in the United States). Check his full paper.* Dr D.C.Misra… Read more »