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Is Open Gov 1950 Stymieing Open Gov 2010?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - 13:23
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 13:08
The Federal Records Act of 1950 creates a framework to manage agency records.  It puts the National Archives and Records Administration in charge of oversight of the system and NARA determines the historical value of federal records and operates Federal Records Centers around the country.

How Federal Agencies Can Effectively Manage Records Created Using New Social Media Tools

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 - 12:29
To date, federal agencies have largely been on their own in terms of how to manage records created via social media tools.  This historically decentralized approach has resulted in some agencies banning the use of social media while other agencies have rapidly adopted their use but ignored the potential records management implications.  The National Archives and Records Administration released a bulletin on managing social media records at the same time this report was released.  It offered some “guidance to Federal agencies, who must then determine the most appropriate ways

Finally, a Name!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 - 14:59
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 14:52
The six initiatives were announced back in July with little fanfare, but today’s memo provides high level visibility and press that “review our approach to performance management, detail our strategies and key initiatives, and describe the early progress we have achieved.” 

Strategies Promoting Collaboration on the Front Line

Monday, August 30th, 2010 - 13:29
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 13:22
A new IBM Center report, Strategies for Supporting Front Line Collaboration: Lessons from Stewardship Contracting, by the University of Oregon’s Cassandra Moseley, describes how the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S.

Re-Thinking Performance Metrics in Federal Agencies

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 - 11:07
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 11:02
In a Federal News Radio conversation with reporter Francis Rose and two other guests – Robert Shea, a former OMB executive, and Jon Desenberg, with the Performance Institute – we talked about the Obama Administration’s performance initiatives to date, and the potential implications for agency efforts to measure performance.

Federal Agency Social Media Hubs

Monday, August 2nd, 2010 - 11:58
Monday, August 2, 2010 - 11:48
The one that caught my attention was the new Social Media Hub created by Defense to help provide internal-to-Defense education, policy, and the ability for groups in Defense to "register" their social media initiatives in a central location. 

Crowdsourcing Government Reform

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 - 14:39
Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 14:34
Shortly after President Obama took office, he reached out to the public for ideas on issues his new administration should address. He sponsored an “Open for Questions” forum and encouraged people to submit questions, and rank and vote on which should be top priorities. More than 100,000 questions were submitted, but participants didn’t always respond to the suggested topic areas, such as home ownership, health care reform, education, veterans, etc. Instead, they added their own and

Creating a Problem-Solving Network (Part II)

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 - 20:30
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 20:08
There have been a series of studies providing lessons on how to effectively create a collaborative community. For example, having a catalyst (like Lucas) and have a convening place to share (like the OpenGovPlaybook wiki), are great starting points. Russ Linden, an author who is an astute observer of collaborative approaches, recently wrote about the importance of a collaborative mindset. And being passionate and motivated matter too, as this Dan Pink video playfully demonstrates:

Creating a Problem-Solving Network (Part I)

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 - 11:40
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 11:20
The Obama Administration says it wants to create “problem solving networks” across the government. Well, yesterday a group of like-minded people from across the government convened to discuss creating just such a network around the implementation of agencies’ Open Government Plans.   While there is a formal cross-agency Open Government Working Group, many people at the staff level seem to feel excluded and see a need to develop their own network.&n

GSA's FedSpace Collaboration Platform

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 - 13:18
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 13:08
The President’s budget for fiscal year 2011 promises two interesting steps toward cross-government collaboration.