Web 2.0 in Government


Web 2.0 in Government

Reinventing Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 - 16:18
David Osborne, of Reinventing Government fame, keynoted today's session at the Saudi conference on public administration.  He said there are two sets of reforms running in parallel across the globe today.  The first focuses on getting the basics right: a professional public service, rule of law, prosecuting corruption, a transparent budget and contracting system, etc.  A key to this appro

Davenport: Make Better Decisions

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 - 18:09
Noted business author Tom Davenport has an article, “Make Better Decisions,” in the November issue of Harvard Business Review .  He describes the prevalence, in the business world, of what he calls “decision-making disorder,” but this also has real applicability to government.

On-Line Town Halls

Monday, October 26th, 2009 - 18:26
This past summer the spectacle of unruly congressional town hall meetings on health care reform played across the media.

Governing by Suggestion Box

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 - 20:49
The Obama Administration is stepping up its efforts to solicit ideas from employees.  In its first big effort, the SAVE Award (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency), the Office of Management and Budget encouraged employees to submit cost savings ideas.  As of the end of the 6-week long contest period, OMB said it had received 38,400 ideas.  They will spend a few weeks sorting through them and the “winner” will get to present his or her idea to the President s

Bottom-up Procurement Reform

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 - 20:04
There has been flood of memos and guidance on procurement reform coming out of the White House and OMB in recent months.  But an open call for ideas was launched earlier this month via a collaborative project being undertaken by the General Service Administration, the National Academy of Public Administration, and a joint government/industry group called the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council.

Priorities and Principles for Performance

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 - 19:50
Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients debuted before an audience of federal managers yesterday at the Excellence in Government Conference 2009, recapping what he has seen and learned during his “listening tour” of the government in his first 100 days in office.

Citizen Engagement: GSA Update

Friday, October 2nd, 2009 - 17:33
While there’s been little open discussion in recent days about the progress of President Obama’s Open Government Directive, the General Services Administration’s quarterly “Intergovernmental Solutions” newsletter has dedicated its latest issue to describing dozens of examples of how citizen engagement is increasing in government – federal, state, local, as well as other countries.  It is worth reading!

New Transparency: Recovery.Gov

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 - 20:10
There were lots of complaints that the initial Recovery.Gov website was not very helpful.  That’s changed.  The newly-refreshed website now has lots of new ways of finding and looking at information that is due to pour in next month when the first quarterly reports are due from about 90,000 sources. Government Executive’s NextGov reporter, Aliya Sternstein provides a good review:

Ask Employees How to Fix It

Thursday, September 17th, 2009 - 19:02
Optimists believe that two data points constitute a trend.  So here’s a trend.  Ask employees why things don’t work and how to fix them!

Using Crowdsourcing in Government

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 - 16:24
For years, democracy advocates have promoted the notion of engaging citizens in their government.  There are different ways of doing this (public hearings, debates, dialogue panels, etc), and at different points in the policy cycle (proposing, debating, implementing, reviewing, etc.).