DorobekInsider

Focusing on six words: Helping government do its job better

Archive for September 18th, 2009

DorobekInsider: CIO Council publishes gov 2.0 guidance

leave a comment »

The federal CIO Council has published guidance for the secure use of “social media” — and they are branding it version 1.0.

The formal title: Guidelines for Secure Use of Social Media by Federal Departments and Agencies, v1.0

And abstract:

The use of social media for federal services and interactions is growing tremendously, supported by initiatives from the administration, directives from government leaders, and demands from the public. This situation presents both opportunity and risk. Guidelines and recommendations for using social media technologies in a manner that minimizes the risk are analyzed and presented in this document.

This document is intended as guidance for any federal agency that uses social media services to collaborate and communicate among employees, partners, other federal agencies, and the public.

Note: The Federal CIO Council does not endorse the use or imply preference for any vendor commercial products or services mentioned in this document.

I’m reading the full document right now. My immediate reaction is to do away with the term “social media.” And it isn’t just a semantic issue. First off, I don’t think the term “social media” is accurate. Most of them are tools more then they are “media.” And yes, there is a social aspect to these tools, but the reason they are powerful is that they are collaborative. So I prefer the term “collaborative technologies.”

Yesterday, I heard NASA Goddard Space Flight Center CIO Linda Cureton speak at an Input breakfast — and she made the same point… And so does Harvard Business School Prof. Andrew McAfee in his upcoming book Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges.

I’m reading the document now… and I’ll post my thoughts over the weekend. I hope you will share your thoughts as well.

Find a link to the document here… or read it below:

View this document on Scribd

Written by cdorobek

September 18, 2009 at 3:45 PM

DorobekInsider: What question would you ask President Obama — Mine: Define “bureaucrat”

leave a comment »

President Obama is running the gambit this weekend — five Sunday public affairs shows. My personal favorite is the new CNN Sunday show, State of the Union with John King, and not just because my good friend, Michelle Jaconi, is the executive producer. (Yes, the show is remarkably produced, but… if you haven’t checked out the 11p ET segment, they pull together what has been on all the other Sunday shows… I’m not quite sure how they get it all done, but… it’s great stuff!)

In addition to CNN’s State of the Union, President Obama will also be on ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation, and Univision.)

And CNN’s State of the Union Twitter feed asked the simple question yesterday: If you could ask one question for President Obama, what would it be?

My question: Federal workers have felt bruised out of the health care debate — and the important work that feds do has been diminished — almost dismissed. At every turn, people denouncing the work of government — and then, even the president used the “b-word” — bureaucrat — in his NYT editorial, as the WP’s Federal Eye pointed out:

As the health care reform debate continues, some close observers have noticed President Obama’s increased use of the word “bureaucrat” when assuring audiences that the government will not intervene in future health care decisions.

In Sunday’s New York Times, Obama stated, “If you have health insurance, we will make sure that no insurance company or government bureaucrat gets between you and the care you need.”…

Use of “the b-word” is frowned upon by federal workers unions and other longtime members of the federal bur… (gulp), uh, federal government community.

While I don’t really have a problem with the term, I understand most government workers do — and my sense is that is largely because of the tone that goes along with it.

Max Stier, the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, wrote an op-ed in the WP on Saturday headlined, What Ever Happened To ‘Cool’?

It seems that you are willing to use — at least for the sake of health-care reform — the misguided language that government workers are incompetent and can’t be trusted. It’s a flawed strategy that only perpetuates the lack of trust in our government and reinforces negative stereotypes.

One can legitimately agree or disagree with the proposal to have a publicly run health-insurance option as part of comprehensive health-care reform, but there is no need to denigrate the quality or ability of our federal workers during this debate.

The truth, as you know, is that government “bureaucrats” are getting it right every day. They are on the front lines working to address the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, working on issues related to two foreign wars, working to ensure that we remain competitive in an increasingly global market, and working to keep us safe day in and day out.

They deserve better from their president. As the nation’s leading public servant, you are their boss, and they take their cues from you.

And we’ll be talking to the Partnership for Public Service about this today on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.

So… my question for the President: What would he say to federal workers these days? What’s the message that he is sending?

What question would you ask the president?

Written by cdorobek

September 18, 2009 at 9:47 AM