SOA is Dead, Will it Become a Zombie?

I came to my own realization that SOA, as an industry term, was on its way out last summer. As a concept, it’s wonderful and some people have accomplished great things by following the SOA paradigm. I found it interesting that Anne Thomas Manes, an industry thought leader in SOA, would be presenting a “SOA… Read more »

New Acting Director at OPM

I’m waiting for answers on why he did this, but apparently President Obama has appointed an acting Office of Personnel Management director, Kathie Ann Whipple, previously the agency’s deputy general counsel. A couple of things strike me as strange about this….

Government 1.0 + Government 1.0 = Government 2.0

What is Gov 2.0 and the future of government services delivery? Here are Gov 2.0 and the new government services delivery paradigm explained. Government 2.0 creates value for itself, Citizen 2.0, and Business 2.0, by leveraging Web 2.0, the new paradigm of rich, interactive, collaborative, web based services. How does Government 2.0 get started?

Federal Eye: Salazar Challenges Obama to Basketball Game

(See Ed’s Video Report of The Event Here) A formal welcoming ceremony and Q&A session Thursday turned into a basketball recruiting session for Interior Sec. Ken Salazar as he met with the rank-and-file at the department’s headquarters. After some opening remarks, the secretary fielded several questions on department policy and the possible revocation of Bush… Read more »

Two Inauguration Negatives – Groaning & Garbage

By now you’ve either heard or read every possible perspective on what occurred in my fair city of Washington, DC over the past several days. I’m sure you’ve enjoyed the tears, cheers, speeches, marches and balls supplemented by 7×24 coverage, countdowns, videos, pictures, satellite images and punditry. If you’re thinking, “Enough already!”, you’re not alone…. Read more »

Microsoft FutureFed: Gov 2.0 – What does it mean to the Federal Government?

Amid the excitement and flurry surrounding a new administration, Federal agencies and workers must remember the call for transparency and accountability. To do so, they must understand and embrace the concept of “Gov 2.0.” Like Web 2.0, taking advantage of Internet technology and Web design, Gov. 2.0 will, according to the Wikipedia definition, “enhance creativity,… Read more »

Participatory Budgeting and e-Democracy (Part 1)

(note: originally posted at theConnectedRepublic.org) Participatory Budgeting (PB) can be broadly defined as the participation of citizens in the decision-making process of budget allocation and monitoring public spending. Participation may take various forms, from effective decision-making power in the allocation of resources to more modest initiatives that confer voice during the development of the budget…. Read more »