Weekly Round-up: February 11, 2011
- Saba alcher! صباح الخير! Good morning! The State Department is now tweeting in Arabic
- Land-based Broadband Is 2000-and-Late. President Obama wants 98 percent of the country to have wireless access to the internet by 2016.
- Trillion-with-a-T? Sounds Fishy to Me. This infographic claims that Americans receive 200 Trillion text messages a day. To put that in perspective, that would mean that every American would have to recieve 666,666 texts a day. That math seems off. Here are their sources. Let's crowdsource this factcheck!
- Federal Customer Service Enhancement Act re-introduced. Cong. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) re-introduced a bill to require agencies to set and follow customer service standards. The bill passed the House in the last Congress but stalled in the Senate pending a GAO report on potential implementation issues. The GAO report was supportive, and the new bill incorporates some proposed revisions.
- Will Valentine’s Day Be Budget Cut Day? Republicans released a partial list of $100 billion in proposed cuts for this year’s budget, which is still pending an expiring continuing resolution on March 4th. But the President’s FY 2012 budget is supposed to be released on Monday, with rumblings of some serious cuts there, too.
- Tool Kit to Guide Troubled IT Projects. Federal Times’ Nicole Johnson writes about a new OMB guidance designed to help agencies better manage their IT projects: “The TechStat toolkit . . . includes an implementation guide, a template for the TechStat team to craft letters notifying the investment manager and business owner about the review session, and a seating chart to ensure key stakeholders, such as the CIO and project manager are at the table during the sessions.”
- Preview of Monday's Budget.
- Interesting initiative on innovators.
- Social Media being integrated into agency business.
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