Thursday, May 12, 2011
Articles from across the Web that we found interesting, the week of May 09, 2011

Gadi Ben-Yehuda


  • Who writes at Who Runs GovJosh Shpayher, who runs GovSM, now writes for BeltWiki, the blog of Who Runs Gov.  His articles appear on Fridays (too late for WRU), but his post from last week is so good, it crossed the Weekend Barrier: "Measuring Social Media influence on Capitol Hill."  Looking forward to more insights from this column.
  • Open Government Tries to Eschew "57 Channels" FutureNextgov quotes GSA's Sheila Campbell saying that the federal government currently operates 24,000 .gov Web sites, including and Campbell tells the publication, "Oftentimes on a website, you have all this extraneous, irrelevant information. . . . it's not helping people accomplish what they need."   RelatedRegBlog poses (and then tries to answer) the question: "What does open government mean, and what is its impact?"  (Perhaps they should look at the results of some participatory budgeting in Chicago's 49th ward? Dog owners needed only 8 more votes!)
  • Open Government is also about maps showing excess government propertiessearch engines indexing SEC dataFEMA and DHS using social media.


John Kamensky


  • Senate Hearing on GPRA Modernization Act. Senator Tom Carper held a hearing on the progress toward the implementation of the recently-signed GPRA Modernization Act. IBM Center Executive Director Jonathan Breul testified. The Senate has held two hearings so far, and OMB is still working on guidance to agencies for implementation. Is Congress anxious to get going?
  • Senators Introduce Bill to Cut Duplicative Programs. Senators Tom Coburn and Mark Warner jointly introduced legislation that would cut about $5 billion in duplicative and overlapping programs, reports Federal News Radio. How? By setting a dollar amount in law and telling Obama to go do it.
  • House Bill Targets Mission Support Costs. Cong. Gerald Connolly introduced legislation which seems to take a number of Administration initiatives and put a legislative push behind them, by consolidating data centers, cutting energy costs, reducing printing, supporting the OMB SAVE employee suggestion program, cutting printing, etc. This bill is an interesting contract to the Senate bill mentioned above. It targets specific things where savings are possible, vs. the Senate bill which targets a dollar amount and leaves the details to the White House!
  • Visualizing Data, the Tufte Way! The Washington Monthly has a great article, “The Information Sage,” that describes how Edward Tufte, the statistician/graphics design theorist provided advice in the design of the Recovery.Gov website’s display of information. If you’ve not visited the site, it’s really an amazing display of hundreds of thousands of bits of information in easily digestible form. It has evolved greatly since its debut in 2009, and Tufte helped!


Dan Chenok



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