Weekly Round-up, March 25, 2011
- No more misplaced keys (or cars, or drivers?). Government Technology has two articles--one about adding a "First Responders" layer to GIS, the other about adding bar codes to municipal inventory--that should be read against one another. Each activity can act as a force multiplier for the other.
- Event, LiveBlog, Stream, Needle, Praise, Recap. The National Archives hosted an Open Government R&D Summit this week, which Alex Howard Live Blogged. Clay Johnson then gently needled the attendees, and Anil Dash praised Clay's abrasive appraisal (in a tweet). And that's your recap.
- Going Mobile. I've grown dubious of these infographics (trillions of texts per day?!), but here are the numbers on Mobile Web adoption and activity.
- Helpful Data and the Social Layer. The New York Times reports on how government data is helping actual, real people lead better lives. And AIIM has released a 'social business roadmap' that governments can use to lay a social layer over that data so people can find it more easily.
- Crowdsourcing the Trade Reorganization. President Obama promised in his State of the Union address to reorganize the federal government, starting with its trade and export programs, in order to improve our nation’s competitiveness. The Washington Post, in Joe Davidson’s Federal Eye column, reports that federal workers are being asked their ideas for how reorganization should take place. There are lots of interesting ideas, often far a field from reorganization!
- Assessment of Obama Measurement Initiatives. Governing Magazine has a good piece by Dr. Phil Joyce, “Obama Performance Measurement Agenda,” His bottom line: “There is less apparent progress two years into Obama's presidency than was made at a comparable point in the last two administrations.”
- Is Federal Government Grinding to a Halt? Federal Times has a series of articles describing the effects of the series of continuing resolutions and lack of a clear budget six months into the fiscal year. Most of these articles center on personnel and contractor uncertainties, and delays in Defense construction work on military bases, and its inability to begin plans for 2013 budgets
- NextGov: "OPM Defines IT Program Managers"
- Nextgov: "Cyberattacks against federal networks were up 40 percent in 2010"
- Federal News Radio: "OMB to make reorg recommendations by June 30"
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