Web 2.0 in Government

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Web 2.0 in Government

Topic 4: Technology, Transparency, and Participatory Democracy

Friday, February 26th, 2010 - 17:36
President Obama issued a memorandum on Transparency and Open Government following his inauguration in early 2009.  The memo outlined his commitment to greater transparency, increased citizen participation, and more collaboration.  This commitment acknowledges that government cannot solve by itself the challenges facing our nation.

Topic 2: Implementing the Recovery Act

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 - 16:42
Congress passed the $787 billion Recovery Act in early 2009.  The Act – sometimes referred to as the stimulus bill – focused on job creation, but it does so through hundreds of existing and new federal programs.  Implementing these programs falls on the shoulders of thousands of state, local, non-profit, and private organizations.  The Act also spawned new governance models.  What are the implications of these models for national policy leadership, accountability, and our federal system?

Framing a Public Management Research Agenda

Monday, February 22nd, 2010 - 17:04
The IBM Center for The Business of Government hosted a forum in November 2009 to examine the Obama Administration’s themes for a high-performing government and to frame a public management research agenda. Participants included nearly 50 of the nation’s top public management researchers, scholars, and distinguished practitioners.  The forum was an effort to help bridge the gap between research and practice, and to collectively develop a research agenda that would help government executives move things forward.

Doing What Works

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 - 23:16
The Obama Administration’s favorite think tank, the Center for American Progress (CAP), has launched a new project, “Doing What Works.” Led by Reece Rushing and Jitinder Kohli, it has three objectives: Eliminating or redesigning misguided spending programs and tax expenditures focused o priority areas such as health care, energy, and education;

Obama's Stealth Management Revolution

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 - 21:27
“Where is Obama’s big-bang reform of government?” laments an insightful article by University of Maryland public administration dean, Donald Kettl, in a forum on President Obama’s management initiatives in the current issue of The Public Manager.  He says that President Obama is quietly reshaping the way government works and dubs it a "stealth revolution."

Making Sense of Open Gov Dialogues

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 - 18:24
Two dozen federal agencies are running on-line dialogues between now and March 19th to gather insights on what citizens would like to seen them include in their OMB-required Open Government Plans.  These first-ever open dialogues are an important symbolic step toward better engaging citizens in their government.  But in the end, how will agencies make

The Open Government Dialogue

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - 21:02
With little fanfare, the While House announced that 29 agencies launched their Open Government weblinks on schedule (per an OMB directive), on Saturday, February 6th.   Virtually all of them also invited citizens to participate in a dialogue on how they could improve their approaches to transparency, participation, collaboration, and innovation.  These dialogues will be ope

Redefining the Role of Citizen in a Gov 2.0 World

Friday, February 5th, 2010 - 0:15
What does it mean to be a citizen in a Gov 2.0 world?  President Obama’s FY 2011 budget is being dissected for its shift in the size and scope of government.  But several initiatives in the budget, and things happening at the state and local levels, point to subtle -- but significant --shifts in the role of citizens in their government.

Obama's FY 2011 Management Initiatives

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - 18:23
Most of the news media focused on the size of the budget and which agencies gained or lost.  However, the budget also included an overview of the Obama Administration’s management initiatives, as well. The overall emphasis of these initiatives is on achieving defined mission-oriented results.  It de-emphasizes (but still addresses) improvements to mission-support functions and the reporting of performance information.

Finding Bright Spots

Monday, January 25th, 2010 - 17:36
The latest issue of FastCompany magazine has a terrific piece by Chip and Dan Heath, “Find a Bright Spot and Clone It.”  While it uses private sector examples, their insights apply equally to government.