TSP Talk – Coiling continues

Good morning. Here is our weekly TSP update taken from TSP Talk’s 2/17/09 daily market commentary: The market got off to a hot start in February as the S&P 500 gained 5.2% during the first week of the month. Unfortunately, those gains dissolved last week as the S&P gave back 4.8%. Where to next? The… Read more »

How do we want to be remembered?

Do you read obituaries? I didn’t until I got older, older like 40 or so. I mean I used to read the appreciations for famous folks like George Burns or John Wayne or the little write-ups for people that I knew, but now I really give the obits a good look each morning. Here in… Read more »

The Facebook Phenomenon – How Government is Getting Into The Act

Let’s face it, Facebook is huge. More than 150 million people around the world are now actively using Facebook and almost half of them are using Facebook every day. This includes people in every continent—even Antarctica. Now many government agencies are deploying their own version of this popular social networking site to share information and… Read more »

Usability / Y Knot?

Usability studies are not nearly as difficult to perform as rocket surgery or brain science 😉 Traditionally, usability studies were outsourced at exorbitant cost, but we’ve seen that the same results can be had using a little imagination and a cornucopia of software tools we have readily available. Your first step should be This NIH… Read more »

Help the Sunlight Foundation– What are your Top Ten 2.0 Tools?

Ellen Miller, co-founder of the Sunlight Foundation had mentioned on Twitter that she loved Tweetdeck and expressed an interest in learning about more 2.0 tools. The Sunlight Foundation whose ultimate goal is to, “… strengthen the relationship between citizens and their elected officials and to foster public trust in Congress” is working hard to bring… Read more »

Federal Connections – The Fog of Government

The New York Times magazine section this Sunday features an essay by Noah Feldman, “In Defense of Secrecy” (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/magazine/15wwln_lede-t.html?ref=magazine ). He makes the point that for all the emphasis on greater transparency in government, there is still a need, at times, for government secrecy: “The effective operation of even the most democratic government requires secrecy… Read more »

Web 2.0 in the Federal government

An Article from Federal Computer Week: http://fcw.com/Articles/2009/02/09/Web-2.0-adoption-taking-a-while.aspx Social media tools slow to take root By Mary Mosquera Feb 06, 2009 Everybody’s talking about Web 2.0, but only some are using it. Although agencies are adopting collaborative and social-networking tools to work smarter and faster, they are doing so only in pockets. … But that’s a… Read more »