Selling Your City

Santa Clarita, California has come up with a new way of enforcing the city’s brand and getting people to have some civic pride. They started an online boutique. That’s right. The City of Santa Clarita has it’s own official online store. I was browsing the site and found myself desperately wishing that my own city… Read more »

TSP Talk – The Magic of Compound Interest

Good morning. I have written my usual daily market commentary on TSPtalk.com, which I have been posting here on GovLoop.com on Mondays – but while I was re-reading it, I realized that it may not be the best article for anyone who may be new to trying to grasp the task of managing their own… Read more »

Nominations for the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Exceptional Service

Good Morning – Forums and blogs on Govloop often focus on career folks who are using innovative technologies to move the federal government forward. Here is an opportunity to have those individuals and their work highlighted across the federal government. The purpose of the Arthur S. Flemming Award in honoring outstanding career civil service men… Read more »

Preaching to the converted: Reading blogs at work

Original post from http://blog.e.govt.nz/index.php/2008/10/06/ While reading blogs at work last week, ironically, I read this article about reading blogs at work. Now as you can guess, I’m converted: I think irrelevant of the medium, you should be keeping up with developments in your respective field. I would say that easily more than half of my… Read more »

Sea Monkey or Seahorse: Which Are You in Times of Crisis?

Over the course of this week I had the opportunity to visit with a wide variety of executives. They ranged from leaders of multi-billion dollar enterprises to emerging entrepreneurs. What struck me most was the polarization of attitudes across two distinct camps, namely the “sea monkeys” versus the “seahorses”. Monkey Sea, Monkey Do Sea Monkeys… Read more »

Harvard Update on Food Safety/Security

Hi, all – We’ve been working with regulators and industry over the past several months to figure out some high value, low cost, best next moves on the nation’s food safety issues. Topmost is getting the traceback during outbreak investigations fixed – make it faster and more accurate. Our status update is here, and a… Read more »

Is e-government a dangerous enthusiasm?

Yes, according to the conclusion reached by Gauld, Goldfinch and Dale* after a number of e-government case studies in New Zealand and a survey of wider literature. And it is an interesting judgement in case of New Zealand, a country with 4 million population, but well advanced in e-government. By mid-1990s most New Zealand government… Read more »

GovLoop’s Bureaucrat on Sports – AP Top 25 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision – Ohio State – Michigan Week (and other picks)

The rich tradition, the power, the suspense… yes, it’s Virginia Tech vs. Duke week… the Hokies will be Runnin’ with the Devil!! Oh yeah, it’s Ohio State/Michigan week, too, GovLoopers!!! Friends, relatives, spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc. will war with each other this week!! What do we want to do? We want to make some picks……. Read more »