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FCW’s 2009 Federal 100 Awards

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We’ve been tracking winners of Federal Computer Week’s 2009 Federal 100 Awards have been posted. The annual Federal 100 Awards Gala — the 20th anniversary of that event — will take place March 25.

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February 13, 2009 at 4:40 PM

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The next Federal News Radio Book Club selection: What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis

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3125936268_d71b8a90a1_oThe Federal News Radio Book Club is back.

After launching the Federal News Radio Book Club last year — the first radio “meeting” was in November. Our first book was The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey — and I have a link to that conversation here.

The next “meeting” of the Federal News Radio Book Club will be on Friday, March 13 on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s InDepth with Francis Rose program — and the book we will be discussing is What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis.

I’ll have much more on this book over the coming days and weeks. I read it and I thought that enormous parts of it spoke right to the way governments conduct business. And in the end, this book isn’t really about Google specifically. It is about how an organization can be innovative and agile these days.

We spoke to Jarvis, creator of the BuzzMachine blog, on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris this week. You can hear that conversation here.

Just a quick explainer about what the Federal News Radio Book Club is, for those who haven’t participated before — it is something like the Oprah book club. We all get to read the book, and then we will have the author on the radio. As you read the book, if you have question or comments, we’d love to hear them. You can post them here on the DorobekInsider.com… or send them to me… or post them on the Facebook page for the Federal News Radio Book Club. Again, you don’t have to go be anyplace — other then near your radio or tune in online at FederalNewsRadio.com.

Again, more on the book, but… I hope you’ll join us.

Friday, March 13… for the Federal News Radio 1500 AM Book Club discussing What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis.

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February 13, 2009 at 2:18 PM

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Fed 100 winner: Scott Burns

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fed100webPeople have been crowdsourcing Federal Computer Week’s 2009 Federal 100 Awards winner list. Earlier, we’ve reported on…

* Robert Carey of the Department of the Navy
* Teresa Carlson of Microsoft
* Frank DiGiammarino of the National Academy of Public Administration
* Molly O’Neill , formerly of the EPA
* Mary McCaffery of the EPA

Add another deserving name: Scott Burns , chief executive officer and co-founder of GovDelivery, which provides e-mail and digital subscription services for the public sector.

Burns has created a agile company that helps agencies reach out to citizens. I first met him at ACT/IAC’s Executive Leadership Conference about two years ago on a panel with Harvard Prof. and FCW columnist Steve Kelman and was impressed with his insights. I had him write a column for FCW last year — and had him on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris in October talking about the other ways that agencies can reach out to citizens. (The audio apparently didn’t make the transfer over with our new Web site. I’ll try to hunt it down.)

Burns is a very insightful person — and I can’t wait to read FCW’s Fed 100 issue in March to get the details.

Congratulations.

Meanwhile, you can read Burns’ blog herefollow him on Twitter herefriend him on Facebook here… and read his July 2008 FCW column, The Not So Invisible Hand, here.

It’s a new world where government Web managers can take advantage of the best technologies available from industry with less risk and lower cost. Now is the time to give them more authority and encouragement, not limit a role that is starting to prove incredibly influential across government. The Princeton paper has some good ideas, but it’s off the mark.

Read the full column.

I’m also hearing that DC CTO and someday-to-be-named OMB administrator of e-government and IT Vivek Kundra is also a Fed 100 winner, but I don’t have that confirmed yet.

The annual Federal 100 Awards Gala — the 20th anniversary of that event — will take place March 25… but the full list should be posted soon at FCW.com.

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February 13, 2009 at 10:19 AM

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Another White House score: GSA’s Bev Godwin… and insights on why there is an announcement backlog

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Bev Godwin

Bev Godwin

The White House made some significant appointments — Vivek Kundra to be the OMB administrator of e-government and information technology, and Google’s Katie Jacobs Stanton to be the administration’s director of citizen outreach. And there is another score reported first by Candi on Content but confirmed: Bev Godwin, who has been at GSA Director of USA.gov and Web Best Practices at General Services Administration will be the director of online resources and interagency development on the Obama administration’s new media team.

Godwin is a real star who really understands the challenges that agencies face with many of these new technologies. She is part of the remarkable team that makes up WebContent.gov , which is a remarkable collaboration of people working to share information about how to use Web 2.0 technologies. (I’m always impressed when people working on collaboration actually collaborate to solve the issues they have. What a fantastic way — and a safe way — way to learn.) Two of their best documents are the Federal Web Managers’ white paper for the Presidential Transition team, Putting Citizens First: Transforming Online Government, which I have posted after the break, and the wonderful Barriers and Solutions to Implementing Social Media in Government, which I have posted here.

Why the lack of announcements coming from the White House? One former OMBer told me that it is likely because of that pesky OMB deputy director of management (DDM) vacancy. We all remember that Nancy Killifer pulled her DDM/chief performance officer nomination over a tax problem — foolish, in my opinion, but… I’m a distinct minority on this one. Regardless, the issue: Can you announce the other people without announcing the performance person?

So how quickly will a new performance person be named?

Here is a CJD suggestion — Marcus Peacock. Yes, Peacock has spent years with the Bush administration, but there are few people who have a more keen knowledge of the performance issues — and have used new technologies to make it happen. He’s had this Web 2.0 think for a long time. And, given the Judd Gregg situation, the administration seems to be in search of a Republican…

After the break, read the “Putting Citizens First” report.

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February 13, 2009 at 9:51 AM

VA brings transparency to stimulus requests — and we hear from a Obama CTO candidate?

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Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh Chopra

I mentioned about Virginia’s initiative to bring some transparency to who gets any stimulus money that may come to the state. Earlier this week, VA Gov. Tim Kaine launched stimulus.virginia.gov — a Web portal that lets people see proposed spending for the stimulus package.

On Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we got to talk to Virginia’s Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra about the site, about transparency, and about why it matters. Hear that conversation here.

The site is worth checking out — relatively simple. But also built at no cost. And it provides transparency… it provides real, ongoing accountability. And the state is making data available so people can them mash it up in various ways. Chopra even mentioned StimulusWatch.org, created by Jerry Brito, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. That site to look at stimulus “shovel ready” projects and help vhett them. Brito was on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris earlier this month. Hear that conversation here. Brito and his team at StimulusWatch are looking at mashing up the Virginia stimulus data that makes it more clear.

Meanwhile, we noticeably did not ask Chopra about reports that he is on the Obama CTO short list. (Actually, when we concluded our interview, I joked that we specifically wouldn’t mention it.) But I think if you listen to our conversation, you get a sense that Chopra has at least thought about the job. Interestingly, if selected, it would reunite Chopra and Vivek Kundra, who has been selected but not officially announced as the OMB administrator of e-government and IT. In fact, it is a growing list of people who have been appointed but not announced.

After the break, read the FAQ on the Virginia stimulus Web portal… and Chopra’s bio…

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February 13, 2009 at 6:45 AM