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Fed 100 nomination: NAPA’s Frank DiGiamarino

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I mentioned earlier that I have been posting my nominations for Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 awards.

FCW cover, March 3, 2008I noted earlier that I was going to make — and post — a number of nominations for Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 awards. Earlier, I posted about EPA’s Jeremy Ames… then Navy CIO Robert Carey… now NAPA’s Frank DiGiamarino for the creation of NAPA’s Collaboration Project.

Describe this person’s job
DiGiammarino serves as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the National Academy of Public Administration. In that role, he leads the creation and execution of special initiatives at the National Academy that can deliver innovative approaches to addressing government’s management challenges.

Describe the work for which this person is being nominated
DiGiammarino is being recognized for the creation in 2008 of NAPA’s Collaboration Project, an initiative that pulls together government 2.0 lessons learned, case studies, policies, procedures — all in a safe environment that theNAPA can provide. NAPA’s Collaboration Project has — wisely — been out front in focusing on the collaborative parts of Web 2.0, which have the particular ability to help government organizations. The Collaboration Project has brought together leaders — publicly and privately — to work on a wide range of issues from how Web 2.0 tools can work to policy considerations implicit with these tools.

What impact did this work have on the person’s organization or the larger federal IT community?
NAPA’s Collaboration Project is a unique initiative — created at a time when many other organizations were not taking Web 2.0 serious. NAPA is providing real examples of what has worked — and what hasn’t — and why. It is providing a safe place to discuss the multi-faceted issues related to Web 2.0 tools from security and privacy to policy and leadership implications implicit in Web 2.0. That work has helped agencies from the EPA to OMB do exactly what they should be doing — test the waters. With the Collaboration Project, eachinactive has built on the lessons learned of those that went before.

In what way did the nominee go above and beyond their job description?
NAPA created the Collaboration Project when Web 2.0 was nothing more than a buzz word. NAPA took a risk by making this a real focus of its work and providing real leadership for government agencies.

If needed, provide any additional background information to support this nomination
NAPA’s Collaboration Project
The collaboration gurus: The Collaboration Project, led by the National Academy of Public Administration, looks to be a center of excellence focused on the Web 2.0 world and how these tools can help government [Federal Computer Week, 03.03.2008]

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January 6, 2009 at 10:55 PM

1105 sells Government Health IT

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I have been hearing rumblings that 1105 Media was going to sell its Government Health IT publication — and it happened yesterday. GHIT was sold to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

GHIT has a story here.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has acquired Government Health IT magazine, its Web site and annual conference from 1105 Media Inc., the organization announced Jan. 5.

The purchase expands HIMSS’ access to federal health care technology and policy planners and is a logical next step for the education and advocacy organization, said Stephen Lieber, president and chief executive officer of HIMSS.

“The federal sector is a major player in health care — not only in setting policy but also as the largest payer and one of the largest providers of health care,” Lieber said.

“By expanding our publishing and educational efforts with this suite of Government Health IT media products, HIMSS and our members will have a direct line of communication with this very important sector,” he added.

Lieber said that with the expected growth of government support for health information technology under the Obama administration, the acquisition will help HIMSS keep federal agencies informed of major developments in health IT policy and technology.

Neal Vitale, president and CEO of 1105 Media, said, “We are proud to have launched the brand and taken it to this level and look forward to seeing its continued success within a health care IT-focused organization.”

I had heard that the deal had been on hold because one of the key players was actually on his bicycle and was hit by a car and was out of pocket for some time.

After the break, read Vitale’s note to 1105 staff… and HIMSS’s FAQ on the subject.
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January 6, 2009 at 11:25 AM

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Talking to my replacement — FCW editor Rapp on Federal News Radio 1500 AM Tuesday

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David Rapp

David Rapp

Editor’s note: Find a link to our conversation with Rapp on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.

I told you last year that the 1105 Government Information Group hired a new editor for Federal Computer Week — the person who effectively replaces me. David Rapp officially joined the organization last week, and… he’s diving in this week.

Before the holidays, I had the chance to sit down with Rapp over tea (I’m not a coffee guy)… and there is no doubt he is a bright guy. And he is probably very well suited for this post — probably better than I was, truth be told. (I don’t do false modesty — really!) Having left Congressional Quarterly in 2007 to a dot-com, he understands the challenges that all print organizations face as they struggle to deal with the new media world.

So on Tuesday, you’ll get to meet him for yourself — at least on the radio. I have asked him to be on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris… and we’ll talk to him Tuesday afternoon.

We’re not going to ask him all sorts of very specific questions — he has only been with the organization for several days, after all. This will be something of an introduction. That being said, I have asked him to talk about why he decided to take this post… what are some of the challenges thatFCW and its sister publications face — and what are some of the advantages that it has… and we’ll talk a bit about the challenges of the print world as it seems to get buffeted by the online world. And what the role of publications is these days.

In the end, I’m particularly pleased that 1105 gave made him editorial director, overseeing all of 1105 GovInfo’s editorial products — FCW, GCN, Washington Technology, Government Health IT, and Defense Systems. When the merger happened some two years ago, I wrote that I thought there was a real opportunity to tell more stories, not fewer. When I sat down with him, I told him I thought that most people — most readers — don’t believe that statement to be true. In fact, since leaving 1105GovInfo , the question I’ve been asked most often is, ‘When are they going to close one (or more) of the publications?’ The question still makes me sad because, in the end, I think the government community is better served with multiple outlets — all kinds of media — yes, including radio — featuring all kinds of voices and covering stories for many different angles. I hope they are able to make the justifications — the editorial justifications for multiple publications… and the economic justification for multiple publications. The more voices makes for a better community — and a more vibrant community.

Back in August, FCW made my departure the Buzz of the Week. (Yes, I’m always thrilled to see Dorobek and Doan in the same headline.)… After the break, you can read FCW’s “Buzz of the Week” from its most recent issue about Rapp written by 1105 GovInfo’s President Anne Armstrong.
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January 6, 2009 at 7:41 AM

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