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Featured Blog Posts – May 2010 Archive (135)

Disturbing Case of Innovation Squashed by Change Resistant Organization

Fair Warning: The blog post below and associated information candidly depicts the manner in which an innovative change agent was sacrificed on the alter of maintaining the status quo. Recommend any change agents lacking a forceful personality turn back now. Failure to do so may lead you to question your ability to effect organizational change.



Last week, at the end of the USSTRATCOM…
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Added by Bob King on May 31, 2010 at 3:48pm — 16 Comments

Shouldn’t the BP oil spill be a crowdsourcing “Grand Challenge”?

Obviously everyone is familiar with the incredibly tragic damage that continues to take place while I write and you read this regarding the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.



There will be plenty of time for everyone to weigh in on how this was allowed to happen and not able to be fixed when a solution is put in place. In the meantime, and given that clearly BP doesn’t seem to be big on social media solutions, why is the U.S. government not promoting this as one of its (immediate)… Continue

Added by Geordie Adams on May 31, 2010 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

How IBM does the Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE)

There is an experiment at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to change how government works. The idea is to stop measuring how much time an employee spends at the office but rather to measure how productive the employee is. The employee sets their own working hours and negotiates with their supervisor on what they should be producing and how it will be measured. It is a revolutionary concept and has worked in private industry.



A great example of this is how IBM has…

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Added by Bill Brantley on May 31, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

One Perspective on Gov 2.0 Expo

(cross posted on CG-LIMS Project Blog on Intelink-U)

I'm going to try to boil down three days of learnings from the Gov 2.0 Expo into a single post. It is written from the perspective of a person currently serving as a Project Manager on a major IT system acquisition for the Coast…

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Added by Dan Taylor on May 30, 2010 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Does performance measurement only work on paper?

Data doesn't make decisions; people do. Data can inform decisions.



I say this in response to the person who told me this week that performance measurement, like accountability, "only works on paper". Well, if your performance measurement strategy only works on paper, than it isn't

working at all.
Here are a number of factors about performance data that you need to know to use it practically to…

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Added by Laura Wesley on May 30, 2010 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

5 Social media tips for city government

Congratulations! Your city has made the decision to engage in social media as another tool to connect with citizens. You set up your community on Facebook and Twitter, and now you’re wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into. I’ve learned a lot through the City of Reno’s adventure with social media, and I have some tips to save you a few months of figuring it out by yourself.

1. Extend your Facebook page

Why not integrate all your social media accounts together on Facebook? For… Continue

Added by Kristy Dalton on May 30, 2010 at 9:36am — 4 Comments

Whoever Thought a CCR Could be so Cool?

Each year, water utilities all over the U.S. have to prepare and distribute Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) to their customers. Usually these documents are sent out as two or three page sheets of tiny text filled with standard, required language reporting on water sources and chemicals found in drinking water. My guess is most Americans receive these, glance at all that tiny text, then toss it into the garbage.

A few years ago,…

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Added by Pam Broviak on May 30, 2010 at 8:49am — 4 Comments

Government Social Media: If You Don't Want to Engage, Don't Bother

There has been an unquestionable explosion of government social media use in the last year. Last week, GovTwit, the Twitter directory of government agencies and officials reported 44.9 million followers for the 3,000 IDs it tracks, after starting in 2009 with just a handful of accounts. Still, towns, agencies and leaders not using social media still far…
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Added by Adriel Hampton on May 30, 2010 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Mr. President: Tear Down Those Walls!

Whenever I get a chance for some free time on trips to Washington, DC, I walk or run along the National Mall. Our nation's capitol is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, especially in and around the monuments and memorials.

But then I walk a block off the Mall and see all those ugly, boxy buildings, and I wonder:

"What if we demanded as citizens that

these monstrosities get torn down?"

In my…
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Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on May 29, 2010 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Procurement 2.0 Resources & Tweets - Prelude to BuyCamp

A long, long time ago in a...screw it.


The recent Procurement 2.0 session at the Gov 2.0 Expo gave me some thoughts about the potential of BuyCamp. -- it can be like the Procurement 2.0 talk, but just a whole lot more of them, with more variety. It'll be crazy great.


We need some fun things to hold us over until November. (Yes, BuyCamp is in November).…


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Added by Sterling Whitehead on May 28, 2010 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Gov 2.0 Round Up May 28 Edition

The Gov 2.0 Expo comes to a close, GovLoop's founder gives advice on government "awesomeness," the city of Manor, TX, innovates again, and a public/private partnership will bring the mysterious planet of Mars much closer to home, all in this week's pre-Memorial Day edition of the Rock Creek Roundup.



--I was fortunate enough to attend the Gov 2.0 Expo this past week, and was impressed by the presentations and… Continue

Added by Meagen Ryan on May 28, 2010 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Going Green While We're In The Red

Although our economy remains to be weak, there's one bright side to this - U.S. solar power companies have increased their revenue by 36% last year, while adding 17,000 jobs.

Why the sunny outlook for this business sector? Grants and tax breaks which were included in the economic stimulus bill. If the government extended this assistance, the result could easily create another 200,000 jobs in the solary industry (along with…

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Added by Tricia on May 28, 2010 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Lessons and Highlights from Gov 2.0 Expo

Aaron Smith and Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet Project recently attended the Gov 2.0 Expo, a smorgasbord of policy, technology and citizen engagement put on by the good folks at O'Reilly Media. These are their notes from the conference (crossposted from the Pew Internet site)…

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Added by Aaron Smith on May 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Hey!!! Its Friday and I am in my elements

Its FRIDAY !!!!

Thanks to Adobe Photoshop, I can dance with anyone, anyhow, anytime !!!

Added by Srinidhi Boray on May 28, 2010 at 9:34am — 3 Comments

It’s a marathon – find your pace bunny and settle in

Over the last decade or so of my toiling away in the government online world, I’ve often joked about the need for web champions to don capes and prowl the halls bringing attention to the potential of the web and the ‘super’ people bringing our sites to life.



My thinking has evolved. Gone are my longing for capes – it’s now time for the pace bunnies! The gun’s been fired and departmental wikis, internal blogs and online communities are all off and running. Settle in folks,…

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Added by Martha McLean on May 28, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Table for 1

I was blow away yesterday when I came in to work and saw this in the lobby. It is a table set for one person. A place setting, a rose in a vase with…

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Added by Tim McCrosson on May 28, 2010 at 8:13am — No Comments

I am officially pumped that I'll be attending the "Next Generation of Government Summit" this July

Why you may ask…because I spoke to my boss about it and told her the importance of the conference. She liked one of the nine practical skills to be learned at the summit: “Develop a network to do my job better”. She signed off on it and my agency completed the registration and payment today.…

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Added by I.J on May 27, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

How-To: Create a Blog Post on GovLoop

New to social media? Intimidated a bit by the idea of posting a blog? Maybe you’ve been an active reading member of GovLoop and you feel like you now have something to share with the community. Even if you're an experienced GovLoop blogger, you might learn a couple tricks from this post.



1. There are two ways that you can add a blog post:



a. From the main page, hit blogs, then click “Create a New Blog”…


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Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on May 27, 2010 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Gov 2 Expo - Lightning Talks Notes

New Orleans Data Group

Best practices

-Put metadata in plain sites and in plain english

-Prove technical discussion

-Fix and explain errors to locals. Go to people and see how apps perform in real-world situation. Less than 5% of web visitors have low-res displays. But 60% of senior leaders did.

-Credible app - Happier neighborhood

-Non-profits use data in grant programs

-App causes national credibility

-Local credibility is hard to gain....credibility is key… Continue

Added by GovLoop on May 27, 2010 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

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