Archive for March 2nd, 2009
We told you earlier that Evilee Ebb had left the 1105 Government Information Group has a new gig. She quietly has a new job — Monday was her first day at TechTarget, the Needham, Mass.-based print and online IT publishing company.
TechTarget has been carefully watched, but has not made its way into the government market. More on TechTarget here.
TechTarget had been growing rapidly and had a $100 million initial public offering in May 2007. But recent months have been harsh on most publishers — most media outlets, to be honest. In December 2008,TechTarget was forced to lay off about 12 percent of its workforce, the Boston Business Journal reported.
Ebb’s hire a coup for TechTarget. She was something of a legend at IDG, where she spent 19 years leading Network World, where she was able to grow the publications online brand.
That being said, Ebb’s hire mostly likely means that TechTarget isn’t looking at entering the government market anytime soon. Ebb has told friends that she would not join a publisher that was in competition with 1105 Media, so… draw your own conclusions.
Ebb started at TechTarget — somewhat quietly — on Monday.
Meanwhile, at 1105 Government Information Group, no word on who will replace Ebb as group publisher. While there has been a lot of buzz about the return of Jeff Calore, the publisher at Hanley Wood Business Media and previously served as 1105 GovInfo’s general manager. Calore has told numerous friends that he is not interested in the post. So we’ll just have to stay tuned.
I mentioned that there is a lot of consternation and concern among agencies about the stimulus bill, recovery.gov — and the amount of oversight in the bill. I think it is important to remember that what the Obama administration is attempting has never been done before. And there is a whole ot of focus on transparency. Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Max Cacas was on the Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris on Friday talking about it… and there were a whole contigent of transparency afficinados in DC over the weekend for Transparency Camp. Best way to follow what happened was on Twitter by searching #tcamp09 or on the Transparency Camp wiki.
Agencies have been concerned about how they make the Obama administration’s “Open Government Directive” — and they are collaborating around this issue. OMB is using the MAX federal community wiki to enable people to collaborate and share ideas — great idea. My hope, of course, is that OMB will find some way to open this up to others who might have ideas about how to make this happen.
If you don’t know about the MAX federal community, the National Academy of Public Administration’s Collaboration Project has a case study on it here … and last year when I was at Federal Computer Week, we highlighted it as a case study in collaboration.
In case you missed this item from GSA’s DotGovBuzz:
White House: White House seeks feedback on transparency memo, creates new CTO position
The White House is asking the government community to submit ideas and topics that should be included in the “Open Government Directive” that was called for in the President’s Jan. 21 memo to all department and agency heads on transparency and open government.
The directive, which is being crafted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, along with OMB and GSA, will tell agencies how to conduct government with more transparency, participation, and collaboration and is due to be issued May 21. Among other things, it will call for an interagency process for identifying and implementing innovations in government, and a significant amount of public engagement.
The White House is using OMB’s MAX wiki to solicit innovative ideas, proposals and brainstorming about how government can tackle the topics of transparency, public participation and collaboration, until March 6. Currently MAX is only open those with a dot gov email address, but plans are to create another website open to the public. (To participate, click on the above link and after signing-in, select Open Gov under government-wide communities.)
The White House has formally created the position of “Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer” in an Executive Order issued February 5. White House positions of “Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison,” “Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change,” “Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service” and “Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy” were also created by amending a Clinton Administration executive order.
After the break, read the e-mail message send out to agencies… and the PowerPoint presentation on how to use the MAX wiki.
Yes, Washington, DC is blanketed by snow — really. The first real DC snowstorm in years. It means I’ll be taking public transportation to Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s glass enclosed nerve center in Northwest Washington, but…
If you’re in the northeast and you have to hit the roads, drive safely, turn on your headlights, and please clear off your entire vehicle.
The most read items for the last week of February 2009…
Before getting to the list, just a reminder that it is 10 days until the Federal News Radio Book Club talking about the book What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis — you can tune in on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s In Depth with Francis Rose on Friday, March 13 at 2p ET. (You don’t have to be anyplace for the Federal News Radio Book Club — other then to tun in on the radio — and send along your questions about the book and we’ll discuss them on the air.) More details can be found here.
Meanwhile… the top items for the past week…
- Vote for the title of the IAC government 2.0 session @ FOSE — and you can still register for the FREE session by following this link.
- OMB’s ‘those-who-shall-not-be-named’ — Kundra and now Noveck
- The Government 2.0 Club and government 2.0 camp — collaborators collaborating around collaboration
- Tracking recovery.gov — many questions from agencies … and Virginia’s stimulus Web portal garners 1,861 suggestions
- Anatomy of a CTO false alarm, but… but a CTO hint maybe?
- The vexing agency recovery issue — and remember, the transparency has never been done
- Godspeed to GSA legend Nancy Potter
- Navy out with one of the first Web 2.0 policy memos
- GSA administrator — a nominee just around the corner? Or will Prouty stay around?
- 02.12.2009 Obama CTO reader: Will we ever see appointments?
- VA brings transparency to stimulus requests — and we hear from a Obama CTO candidate?
- Godspeed Valerie Wallick — a public servant who was dedicated to improvement
- More buzz around the new acting GSA administrator
- Another White House score: GSA’s Bev Godwin… and insights on why there is an announcement backlog
- FCW’s 2009 Federal 100 Awards
- NAPA’s Collaboration Project helps with government 2.0 policy and legal issues — highlighting the problems and starting the work on solutions
- The Kundra appointment: What does it mean?
- The OrszBlog — the OMB director re-joins the blogosphere
- FCW’s Fed 100 Awards: Recognizing the good work done by people… nominations open for the annual award program
- Welcome to 44 — President Barack Obama… and a new White House blog!
- Friday fun — “Everything’s amazing, nobody’s happy”
- UK gov 2.0 lessons learned: Britian’s Power of Information Taskforce Report (beta)
- Worth watching: PBS’s Charlie Rose interivew with Mark Andreessen
- HUD CIO Lisa Schlosser to join to EPA
- Another coup for Cisco: Paul Brubaker?
- Learning about more the 2009 Fed 100 winners: EPA’s O’Neill and McCaffery win
- Hear the Navy CIO talk about the Navy’s Web 2.0 policy
- WhiteHouse.gov begins testing out comments
- HHS’s PandemicFlu.gov asks for help — and gets more than 100 responses
- Speaking to HHS about government 2.0: The liner notes