Web 2.0 in Government


Web 2.0 in Government

Using GIS to Increase Citizen Engagement

Friday, April 16th, 2010 - 16:43
Federal agencies recently released their Open Government Plans on how they will actively engage citizens in agency decision-making efforts.  None, that I’ve seen in what I’ve read so far, are taking advantage of a growing trend to use geographic information systems (GIS) to increase citizen engagement.

Open Gov Plans Released, And . . .

Friday, April 9th, 2010 - 5:17
. . . Both the White House and the Open Government advocacy groups plan to assess them.   No good deed goes unnoticed!

Australian Management Reform

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - 16:06
I got a GovLoop tweet alerting me to a new report, optimistically titled: “Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of the Australian Government Administration.” Australia has long served as a source of innovation and inspiration in government reforms, so I eagerly downloaded and read it.

Open Gov Plans Countdown

Friday, April 2nd, 2010 - 14:40
Next week, agency Open Government Plans are due to the Office of Management and Budget.

Congressional Transparency Caucus Formed

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 - 21:58
Government Executive’s Elizabeth Newell writes that a bipartisan congressional Transparency Caucus  has been formed.  Led by Republican Representative Darrell Issa (CA) and Democratic Representative Michael Quigley (IL), the Caucus will advocate greater government transparency and provide support and oversight of government efforts.

Modernizing Government: Forum Results

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 - 16:05
The White House sponsored a forum back in January to gain insights from corporate CEOs and labor leaders to identify best practices in the use of technology to streamline federal operations, improve customer service, and maximize returns on technology investments.  It has released a report summarizing the results

Key National Indicators Are Now Real

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 - 17:09
Almost three years ago, I blogged on the need for a Key National Indicator System so we, as a nation, could track our progress using data, not diatribe.  It’s happened.  A provision buried on page 1,489 of the health insurance reform bill makes it real!

Virtual USA and Web 2.0

Friday, March 19th, 2010 - 21:42
I’ve seen a number of intersting mapping applications being developed “on the ground” that engage citizens in a collaborative efforts to provide details about their communities.  The most common of these is OpenStreetMap.org, which advertises itself as an editable map of the world.

Harnessing Informal Networks

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 - 17:52
Another Harvard Business Review article in the March 2010 issue is worth highlighting.  A piece by Richard McDermott and Douglas Archibald examines informal and formal networks in companies, such as Fluor and ConocoPhillips, but their insights are relevant to public agencies as well.  And they may be helpful to the Obama Administration’s efforts to create its proposed set of “problem solving networ

The OMB Prize Memo

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - 23:29
OMB deputy director for management ,Jeff Zients, released a 12-page memo, “Guidance on the Use of Challenges and Prizes to Promote Open Government.”