Here’s what the Center for the Business of Government found interesting this week:
- FedSpace, the social media site for federal employees and contractors, is running a pilot program, reports Federal Computer Week.
- Adam Sharp will be Twitter’s first DC-based employee. As promised, I say: welcome to the party, but don’t get comfortable. Here are five things I’d like to see Twitter do to make itself more useful to government, and more useful to citizens.
- Facebook published data on its voting application. Could there be implications for governing? At the very least, I think it proves that people whose town wins a major sporting event might be primed for some Citizen 2.0 activities.
- Unions: Start Telework! Top government unions tell the government to stop talking and start telework. IBM Executive Chuck Prow blogs that IBM has saved millions via its telework initiative and increased productivity and employee satisfaction.
- Jumpstarting Agency Customer Service Efforts. GAO released a report, “Managing for Results: Opportunities to Strengthen Agencies’ Customer Service Efforts,” assessing the federal government’s customer service initiatives to date. The report offers recommendations for OMB and agency actions.
- Zients Report Card. OMB acting director Jeff Zients spoke at Government Executive’s Excellence in Government conference last year and laid out a six-point agenda. It was reprised in a memo to all Senior Executives back in September. At this year’s conference, he reported back the progress on each element of his agenda, which is now called the “Accountable Government Initiative.”
Business of Government Radio Show: Clarence Carter
The Business of Government Hour features a conversation about management with a government executive who is changing the way government does business. The executives discuss their careers and the management challenges facing their organizations. Past government executives include Administrators, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Commissioners, Controllers, Directors, and Undersecretaries.
Clarence Carter is the Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services (DHS), responsible for all income assistance support and related welfare-to-work employment programs. His role also oversees homeless services and prevention, child care services, as well as a wide spectrum of social service programs, including, adult protective services and teen pregnancy prevention
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