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A New Approach to Cybersecurity Across Agencies: The Administration's Progress Report

June 17, 2013 by John Kamensky

By connecting cybersecurity and performance officials as a matter of governance, the Administration is moving forward toward sustained outcomes in how cyber enables government missions and programs.[read more]

New Thinking in Accountability

June 5, 2013 by John Kamensky

The increasing chorus of calls for more accountability reaches beyond recent demands for firing officials at the IRS, VA, and GSA for various perceived misdeeds. Just what is accountability, and how can it be seen as a constructive, instead of a punitive, element of public management?[read more]

1 in 5 Americans Will Purchase Health Insurance on an Exchange by 2017

June 4, 2013 by Bailey McCann

Health insurance exchanges have been the source of much debate, but largely among governors and statehouses trying to figure out how they plan to implement one. In practice, these exchanges are supposed to work like Orbitz but for health insurance. Not only will states have their own public exchange, private insurers are also setting up health exchanges.[read more]

Study Shows States Fail to Provide Healthcare Price Transparency

March 19, 2013 by Bailey McCann

A new study issued "report cards" to states that take a comprehensive look at state laws designed to give consumers basic information about the average or expected prices of common health care services and gives only 14 states a “C” or better.[read more]

Maryland Introduces Cybersecurity Tax Credit

February 19, 2013 by Bailey McCann

Maryland State Senator Catherine E. Pugh has introduced four bills in this legislative session, and Governor Martin O’Malley has announced a package of initiatives designed to further Maryland’s leadership as a hub for cybersecurity jobs.[read more]

States Moving Toward Greater Broadband Access

December 6, 2012 by Bailey McCann

The latest broadband performance index of all 50 states released by TechNet shows that all states are moving forward on increasing broadband access. However, like with other national initiatives, some states are moving a little faster than others. Overachievers: California, Delaware and Indiana.[read more]

New Jersey Senator Gets Tough on Shared Services

December 2, 2012 by Bailey McCann

Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has passed a bill through the Senate that would allow the state to get on the shared services bandwagon or face the loss of state aid. New Jersey has been working for the last year to move its many small municipalities on to a shared services model in an effort to control costs, but some cities and townships have been reluctant to move to the model. Now, state officials want to add some teeth to the plan.[read more]

Federal Government Reform Resources: Anticipatory Governance Report

November 29, 2012 by John Kamensky

The federal government is increasingly facing challenges of greater complexity that demand faster action than the current institutional structures can respond to effectively. Presented here are three sets of interrelated solutions termed “Anticipatory Governance.” Anticipatory Governance can be defined as: “a ‘system of systems’ comprising a disciplined foresight-policy linkage; networked management and budgeting to mission; and feedback systems to monitor and adjust.”[read more]

Liveblogging 'Future Citizen Engagement for Government Forum Asia 2012' Day 1

November 5, 2012 by Craig Thomler

Over the next few days I am in Singapore at Liquid Learning's Future Citizen Engagement for Government Forum Asia conference. I'll be liveblogging the presentations today and may liveblog parts of tomorrow, when I am chairing, speaking and on a panel. Liveblog: Future Citizen Engagement for Government Forum AsiaeGov AUCraig...[read more]

Why Banning Anonymous Comments is Bad for Postmedia and Bad for Society

September 13, 2012 by David Eaves

I'm stunned that a newspaper ownership would make such a move. Even more so that editors and journalists would support it. We should all be disappointed when the fourth estate is unable to recognize it is dis-empowering those who are most marginalized.[read more]

8 Ways To Encourage Change Agents In Government, What Are Yours?

September 10, 2012 by Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D.

I worked on the outreach for the project, which is critical when you consider the potential threat a terrorist can do with hidden WMD in a small boat, where they might leave the U.S., pick up a weapon, then try to come back in "under the radar."[read more]

Community Managers: Expectations, Experience and Culture Matter

August 30, 2012 by David Eaves

The thing is, if you never tell people how long they are going to have to wait - expect them to get unhappy. More importantly, if, while their waiting, other contributors come and make negative comments about their contributions, don't be surprised if they get even more unhappy and become less and less inclined to submit patches (or brownies, or whatever makes your community go round).[read more]

Social Media Quick Tip: Is Facebook Truly a Public Forum?

August 28, 2012 by Lauri Stevens
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Legal experts seem to agree that this issue boils down to whether the Facebook page is truly a public forum.[read more]

Twitter Feuds: Digital Diplomacy on the Fritz

August 27, 2012 by matt bigge

As diplomats begin to engage more and more with local populations, they face the difficult task of figuring out the terrain and making sure they use it to improve the image of the U.S. Otherwise, direct engagement with international audiences via Twitter and similar services can set American diplomats up for disaster.[read more]

Soccer: Battleground for Identity

August 7, 2012 by matt bigge

The high-profile cases of regional soccer celebrities rising up to lead social change movements in the Arab Spring have thrust to the fore the importance of a highly-regarded sport in a highly contentious region.[read more]