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HHS’s PandemicFlu.gov asks for help — and gets more than 100 responses

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We told you earlier that the Department of Health and Human Service’s PandemicFlu.gov Web site posted a very simple question on its Web site — HHS is looking to rework the site and asked for help. And so HHS asked the simple question: “Tell Us What You Think: We are reviewing this site. What would you most like to change or fix?”

A very simple — but very powerful way of tapping into the wisdom of us.

HHS has received more than 100 responses. But HHS has even taken it to the next step — posting the suggestions online so people can see the questions that have been asked. I’ve always thought that is a very powerful step because it spurs other people — it gets other people thinking about areas that they may not have noticed or may not have paid attention to. Again, this is a demonstration of Web 2.0 — these tools that tap into the theory that all of us are smarter then each of us individually. And they allow agencies to collaborate — they tap into the concept that information is power, but, more importantly, information is more powerful when it is shared.

You can see see the list of suggestions here… and they are wide ranging.

Here is one example:

Don’t sugar coat the stats. Tell it like it is, currently 68% mortality rate. The American people are tired of being lied to and just want the truth. Get the word out with radio/TV spots. Get ALL the medical community on board. Streamline the layout of this page and update the information to tell people to stock up with several weeks of food/water at a minimum in case our wonderful “Just in time” systems crash (which you know they will). We have several states that really have no clue whats going on. If this event happens and is half as bad as what I expect, lots of our local and state .gov people wont have a clue and guess who pays for this situation, we the local people. Secretary Leavitt is correct in that this would be like 10000 Katrina’s happening at the same time all over the US, Don’t expect help your on your own.

The only think that I might add is some feature where people could suggest how valuable other people think they are, but… it takes a certain element humility to put people’s critiques out there for everybody to see, but it seems that it is a simple and powerful step to sharing information.

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February 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM

GSA administrator — a nominee just around the corner? Or will Prouty stay around?

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gsa-logoThere are very contradictory buzz around the General Services Administration about the administrator job. Of course, it was just a few weeks ago that the Obama administration named Paul Prouty as GSA’s acting administrator.

Most people believed that Prouty, who most recently was the assistant regional administration for GSA’s Public Building Service’s Rocky Mountain Region, could be around for a year or more. But we’re now hearing that there could be a GSA administrator nominee in the coming weeks — maybe even days.

The name that continues to come up is Martha Johnson, who, as we told you earlier, was the GSA chief of staff under the wildly popular — and wildly successful — GSA Administrator David Baram, who served during the Clinton administration. Johnson was on the Obama transition “parachute” team for GSA. I’ve reposted some Johnson bio details from her LinkedIn profile… after the break.
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February 20, 2009 at 6:19 AM

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DorobekInsider’s Public CIO magazine column: Obama Administration May Speed Up Federal Use of Web 2.0

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pcio-logoThe latest issue of Government Technology’s Public CIO magazine is out — and it includes my latest column .

Here is how they bill it:

Opinion: Obama Administration May Speed Up Federal Use of Web 2.0
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Navy are leaders in Government 2.0

There are real opportunities to make great strides for government and governing. It requires that agencies try something new, but there are opportunities to rebuild the public’s trust in government. This could lead to more transparency — and better management. In the end, the potential opportunities far outweigh the risks.

Read the full column here.

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February 20, 2009 at 4:54 AM