In advance of the Afghan Presidential election run-off scheduled for June 14, Larry Sampler, assistant to the USAID Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan join me on The Business of Government to explore how USAID has sought to promote stability and order in Afghanistan and what is USAID's three-fold transition strategy. The following is an excerpt of our discussion on The Business of Government Hour.
The Obama Administration is committed to using technology to better engage citizens in their government. Ironically, legislation crafted in the 1950s to open citizen access to government documents may be a barrier to today’s Open Government initiatives.
Why don’t airlines give out peanuts anymore? A federal rule to protect people with food allergies. Is this too Big Brother and you want your peanuts back? You’ll have to participate in a rule-making process.
As federal agencies become more involved in the Web 2.0 world, they are creating “hubs” for their social media connections. Some provide access to specific media links, such as agency bloggers, others provide links to policy and training.
Does crowdsourcing government reform innovations work? Obama tried it in his first year on office with mixed results. The new Coalition Government in Britain launched a pair of crowdsourcing sites. Are they doing any better?
With the issuance of Executive Order 13514 on federal sustainability, the Obama administration has called upon the federal government to lead by example: making its operations more sustainable, responsible, and efficient.
In the age of iPhones and Google Maps, web developers are mashing up public data to provide new insights into neighborhood life. Tech Tuesday explores innovative city programs that are mapping health, traffic and development information, and changing the way people interact with local government.