Friday, October 1, 2010
What we found interesting this week.

Gadi Ben-Yehuda


John Kamensky

  • Senate Passes Plain Writing Bill. Government Executive’s Norah Swanson reports the Senate has passed a bipartisan bill requiring federal agencies to use “plain writing” in all public documents. The House passed its version of the bill in March. The two bills need reconciled before it becomes law . . . but it looks promising! 
  • Senate committee adopts modernization amendments to Results Act. In another bipartisan move, a committee has sent a bill to the floor of the Senate to significantly revise the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act. The rewrite largely incorporates changes supported by the Obama Administration to make performance information both useful and used. Changes include quarterly reporting of high priority goals set by agencies and cross-cutting goals set by OMB.
  • Six ways to crowdsource government. Scott Stadium describes in Governing magazine six examples of how federal agencies are using crowdsourcing approaches to do their work. Examples include to solicit ideas for solving problems posted by agencies and the Library of Congress’s The Extraordinaries which uses “micro-volunteering” to help label photos in its on-line collection.
  • IBM Center launches new blog on agency cost savings. The IBM Center launches a new blog today to serve as a resource to agencies facing budget cuts but still wanting to improve performance. The entries will be written by experts across IBM bringing commercial best practices to government.


Business of Government Radio Show: Richard A. Spires

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