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What factors contribute to Austria’s low rates of unemployment? How does Austria’s "dual educational system" factor into it? What is the Austrian Public Employment Service doing to enhance the way it does business? What can we learned from innovations being pursued in Austria? Join Michael Keegan for the inaugural global conversations with leaders series as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Johannes Kopf, managing director, Austrian Public Employment Service.

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Weekly Round-up: September 19, 2014
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This week, Johnny Barnes, our Public Sector Chief Technology Officer, provided an overview comparing cloud models and offering thoughts about their connection to the mission needs that may drive an organization to move to the cloud. For many, this framework is clear; using definitions provided by NIST is intended to help federal leaders compare apples to apples.
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This week, Johnny Barnes, our Public Sector Chief Technology Officer, shared details about a tool that has helped many commercial and government users migrate to a consolidated environment – reducing risk, speeding results, and saving money.
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This report describes an important trend in local government—an increased focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.
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“The last principle of open government is innovation. It’s about not standing still, but thinking of new ways to direct activities and processes so that the government can be as innovative as possible and open to new ideas and new ways of conducting the business of government.”
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Acquisition Directions writes article on our newest report, "An Open Government Implementation Model: Moving to Increased Public Engagement."
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"We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government." President Obama
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Professors Lee and Kwak present a road map — the Open Government Implementation Model — that agencies can follow in moving toward accomplishing the objectives of the Directive.
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She is the first Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) career employee to serve as Chairman and Member.
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Inducement prizes – as opposed to “recognition” prizes such as the Nobel or Pulitzer prizes – are a growing element of how government is trying to spur innovation in solving tough problems both inside and outside the government, notes Annie Lowrey in a recent Washington Post article.
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Conversation with Authors Series profiles three recent center reports with authors Dr. David Wyld on Cloud Computing in Government, Dr. Vicki Grant on Process Improvement in Social Service Delivery, and Prof. Sukumar Ganapati on the use of GIS in engaging citizens.
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