Weekly Round-up: July 06, 2012
- Good Things Come in Pairs: One blog post called "Two Reasons Why Municipalities Need a Citizen Engagement Program," and two sites with social media tools for federal agencies: HHS's Center for New Media, and a Digital Engagement Guide.
- But you can break them into thirds. Actually, here's a third: How to Write the Perfect Tweet spoiler:maximize readability and retweetability (bonus spoiler: tweet from the handle @ladygaga, @Oprah, or @justinbieber). Also: The Chicago Tribune's recommends splitting your social activity into thirds.
- Or fifths. Andrea Di Maio writes about "When Government Does Not Understand Simple On-Line Needs" which is a problem that can be addressed when agencies talk (and listen!) to their constituents. That kind of consultation is the second of five steps in the IAP2 public participation spectrum, and the topic of this blog post.
- Could personnel sharing help agencies address budget pressures.
- NIST opens new Cyber research Center.
- Digital Strategy causes mobility to take off.
- A precis on the President's activities in the Management arena.
- Assessing the Obama Management Approach. Government Executive’s Charles Clark writes “Learning to Lead,” an in-depth assessment of President Obama’s management approach, to date. He cites Gary Bass, of OMB Watch, who offers that” the private sector-type management improvements that Zients pursued have been a “breath of fresh air.” From streamlining the hiring process to better use of IT to launching the SAVE award to get employees to submit cost-savings proposals, Bass says, “[OMB acting director] Zients is very skilled at what he’s doing.”
- Congressional Assessment of Obama’s Campaign to Cut Government Waste. Senator Tom Coburn releases a Congressional Research Service study examining section-by-section the implementation status of President Obama’s June 2011 directive launching a campaign to cut government waste. Based solely on publicly-available resources, the study found uneven levels of action. The CRS study noted one initiative, where the Administration committed to reducing the number of federal websites in half. Government Executive reports: “CRS said the administration’s Data.gov website showed that 300 obsolete federal Internet domains had been taken down, from a baseline of 1,759 federal websites. Coburn noted in a June 13 posting on his own website, that was “at least 579 short of reaching their goal of cutting the number of websites in half.” OMB in response said that about 600 websites had been identified for elimination or consolidation.
DOD-Veteran Affairs e-Health Records Ahead of Schedule. More positive news in a key area of cross-agency collaboration – In an interview on Federal News Radio, Barclay Butler, director of the Defense-VA interagency office, “said part of the reason for their early success is the lessons the two agencies have learned from pilot programs under the initiative, specifically the current test case in Chicago.”
- GAO Finds Duplication, Overlap in Programs for People With Disabilities. The Washington Post reports. “Dozens of federal programs to help Americans with disabilities find jobs are fragmented and overlapping, potentially making services for this vulnerable population inefficient and wasteful.” The GAO report tallies 45 programs spending $4 billion a year in its continuing series on duplicative and overlapping government programs.
The Business of Government Radio Show: The Business of Government Magazine Spring/Summer 2012 - A Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour
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