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DorobekINSIDER: On NewsChannel 8 talking government openness and transparency — the liner notes

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UPDATE: See the video of me on NewsChannel 8 here.

I will be on DC’s NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Tonight — and we’re going to talk about the Obama administration’s transparency and open government initiative.

Of course, on January 21, 2009, President Obama, in one of his first acts, signed the open government directive. That set out a process that took longer then many people expected, but agencies from February 6 through March 19 are in the process of looking for citizen input on their open government plans.

This is part of a pretty amazing change in mindset for agencies — asking for help.

But there is a broader question about the open government initiative: Does it help agencies accomplish their missions better?

The poster child for transparency is the Web site — it is the Web site for the Recovery, Transparency and Accountability Board to demonstrate how the $787 billion stimulus bill is being spent. And in many ways, the recovery board has been bludgeoned by transparency — and we all remember the stories about the incorrect congressional districts that were on the Web site. But many open government advocates suggest these kinds of incorrect data are the reason for transparency — the data was fixed because it was identified and highlighted. It was part of the idea behind transparency and open government –crowdsourcing oversight. And open government advocates suggest that those kinds of data errors are there, but it often will go un-fixed. In the case of, it has been fixed because of openness and transparency.

Last week on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we spoke to Jake Brewer, director of engagement at the Sunlight Foundation, about his piece, 9 assumptions at the heart of open government. His take was that this is important for government — and you can hear that conversation here.

But if open government is to really take hold, it has to be more than theory — it has to be more then apple pie. It has to actually enable agencies to better accomplish their missions. And there is some early evidence that transparency and open government does have an impact on how people view their government.ForeSee Results, the company that does assessments of how well citizens trust government Web sites, has recently completed the first of its kind survey of how people — citizens — view transparency and open government. They call it the E-Government Transparency Index [registration required]. And Larry Freed, the president and CEO of ForeSee Results, tells Federal News Radio that there is a very real  impact.

If you make your Web site more transparent — if you make government more transparent — not only are you going to have the feel-good things that are so important about how citizens feel and how they trust government, but it’s actually going to lower the cost of delivering information, because more and more people will utilize the Web to get that information.

Hear our conversation with Freed here.

But there is a larger concept at play here — the concept of “we the people.” It is part of the concept behind government 2.0 and, without being too melodramatic, democracy — that is that all of us are smarter then each of us individually. There are now tools out there that enable people to tap into the wisdom of crowds — and that demands openness and transparency.

And tonight on News Channel 8’s Federal News Tonight in the 7:30p ET half-hour.

Meanwhile, some resources on the Obama administration’s open government and transparency initiative.

* The Open Government Tracker — a “dashboard” of the open government initiative tracking ideas, comments and votes from most agency open government forums… created by feds during “snowmagedon.”

* The DorobekINSIDER Reader: Transparency, open government and [[May 22, 2009]

* The White House Open Government page

* Federal News Radio: ‘Trust framework’ adoption makes federal agencies more open

* Government Executive: Analysis: Transparent leadership starts from within

Written by cdorobek

February 23, 2010 at 6:25 PM

DorobekINSIDER: Most read items from Feb. 14-20: Snow, Drabkin, and your TSP

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The most read stories from the week of February 14-20, 2010… on the, on the Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, for Mike Causey, and for

…from the

  1. DorobekINSIDER poll: Did OPM make the right decision to open DC offices on Friday?
  2. DorobekINSIDER: OPM: DC back at work, but… let’s be careful out there
  3. DorobekINSIDER: GSA procurement guru Drabkin to retire
  4. DorobekINSIDER: Turnbull to be acting Energy CIO; Energy Deputy CIO Staton also retiring
  5. DorobekINSIDER: CA CIO Teri Takai to be named DOD CIO
  6. DorobekINSIDER poll: What should the federal government’s operating status in DC be for Tuesda
  7. DorobekINSIDER: OPM’s Berry: Use flexibilities to deal with snowpoclypse type events
  8. DorobekINSIDER: Back to work for feds in DC, OPM defends closure decisions
  9. DorobekINSIDER: GSA’s Johnson speaks to employees – here is what she said
  10. DorobekINSIDER: Most read items from Feb. 7-13: Snow and the OPM director
  11. DorobekINSIDER: Johnson sworn in as GSA administrator — telework style
  12. DorobekInsider: OMB hires performance guru Shelley Metzenbaum
  13. DorobekInsider: Energy Department CIO to retire after 45 years of public service
  14. DorobekINSIDER poll: What should be the federal government’s operating status for FRIDAY?
  15. DorobekINSIDER poll: What should be the federal government’s operating status for Thursday?
  16. DorobekINSIDER: GSA’s Martha Johnson to be sworn in Tuesday, Feb. 9
  17. DorobekINSIDER: Welcome to the new GSA administrator, Martha N. Johnson
  18. DorobekInsider: USDA gets approval for employee buy outs from OPM as mega-management reorg continues
  19. DorobekInsider EXCLUSIVE: USDA undertakes extensive management reorg – downgrading the CIO, CF
  20. DorobekINSIDER: DC snowpocalypse delays swearing in ceremony for GSA’s Johnson
  21. DorobekInsider EXCLUSIVE: NASA scores Gardner as the new Goddard CIO

… from the Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris

  1. TSP participant behavior was strong, steady during crisis
  2. Analysis: Senior Correspondent Mike Causey on snow closings
  3. GAO on NASA’s management and program challenges
  4. OPM Director Berry doesn’t regret decision to open
  5. Why China isn’t the number one cyber threat to the U.S.
  6. What’s happening with former NSPS feds?
  7. Lessons learned, best practices on telework examined after blizzard
  8. Thursday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  9. Friday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  10. How to bust silos and foster collaboration
  11. Analysis: Snow, closings set historic record for federal government
  12. Energy CIO Pyke on retirement: ‘It’s been a wonderful career’
  13. Government contractors and the living wage
  14. Agency transparency on the Web leads to citizen trust
  15. Getting more feds to telework might be harder than it sounds
  16. Sunlight Foundation wants to take open government to the next level
  17. Coordinated ZeuS attack threatens federal agencies
  18. OPM: Federal government closed Tuesday
  19. Earnings down for many TSP accounts in January
  20. OPM makes call on snow closings
  21. Amtower: Bloomberg enters B2G market
  22. DoD gives vendors new rules to protect data
  23. DHS issues new RFP on national cyber attacks
  24. Teleworking is not just about working at home
  25. Now a good time to review where your money is in the TSP
  26. The ’12 Principles of Computer Network Operations’, 8 years later
  27. Wednesday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  28. Simulated cyberattack coming next week
  29. USCG Commandant steps down
  30. Congress will debate TSP contributions this session
  31. GSA’s Alliant one year later
  32. OMB’s Sunstein delivers remarks on regulatory change
  33. Suggestions for federal labor-management relations
  34. Miranda rights, prosecuting terrorists and homeland security
  35. TSP participants can now move money from other accounts
  36. On pay raises and what feds really earn
  37. How will Martha Johnson do as GSA administrator?
  38. A preview of The Causeys
  39. OMBWatch wants revised executive order on regulatory process
  40. All TSP funds see gains in 2009
  41. NASA’s FY 2011 budget: What’s next?
  42. Make way for emergency feds, personnel
  43. Sunstein delivers remarks on regulatory change
  44. Best practices gained from NextGen deployment
  45. TSP funds see slow but steady gains in 2009
  46. High school students learn about IT at DoD
  47. Contractors wonder about Rep. Murtha replacement
  48. Operation Jump Start to help troops next week
  49. Will the D.C. region become a federal disaster area?

…for Mike Causey’s Federal Report

  1. Snow Shutdown: The Rules of the Road
  2. Telecommuting: The Darkside!
  3. Snow Daze: Wimps Or Lions?
  4. Shutdown Rules: For Many No Work, No Pay!
  5. William Henry Harrison Day?
  6. Respiraling NSPS Converts

… and from

  1. Feds eye federal operating status as more snow approaches
  2. Federal govt. open Tuesday under delayed arrival, unscheduled leave
  3. New federal cookie policy coming soon?
  4. USCG’s Adm. Thad Allen begins long farewell
  5. DoD gives vendors new rules to protect data
  6. OPM’s decision to open gov’t. questioned after horrific commute
  7. OPM to test new employee health services
  8. Mikulski asks OPM about retirement system troubles
  9. DoD pursues Net Generation for IT workforce
  10. Telework centers offer alternative workspace for feds
  11. GSA hires IBM to consolidate procurement databases
  12. OMB’s Sunstein presents new way to look at regulation
  13. ODNI names new CHCO
  14. Mass. Comptroller gives Feds thumbs up on stimulus reporting
  15. Teleworking becomes top of mind for federal government
  16. Federal govt. open on time on Wed., Feb 17, 2010
  17. AFFIRMing priorities in federal cybersecurity
  18. USPTO battles Snowmageddon with telework
  19. GSA’s Alliant contract attracting early supporters
  20. DHS to increase the number, diversity of senior leaders
  21. Defense industry brings Styles to ethics
  22. Federal government open on Friday, Feb. 12
  23. OMB’s Zients sets out steps to key productivity boom
  24. Another way for feds to telework
  25. Federal government closed on Thursday
  26. Goals set for first labor-management relations board meeting
  27. Fed contracting community waits to see who fills Murtha’s shoes
  28. Senate: Con artists are using stimulus scams to fleece citizens
  29. Federal government closed on Wednesday
  30. DoD partially lifts ban on USB drives
  31. Federal News Radio Reports
  32. Mobile apps, TechStat lead OMB’s IT evolution
  33. GSA releases FY 2010 per diem rates
  34. Exec. order breaks new ground in declassification
  35. DHS CIO taking on IT governance
  36. ONDI has new CHCO
  37. VA sets rules for set-aside program
  38. OMB to dash(board) to better management
  39. 2010 Census chaff will benefit children of feds
  40. TSP Snapshot: Look past the thorns of January
  41. OMB’s new performance framework to combine the best of the past
  42. Air Force sets new date for tanker RFP
  43. FTC hires AT&T to secure Internet gateway
  44. Government needs to define cyber war
  45. Agencies to justify not using cloud computing to OMB
  46. Federal government closed Monday
  47. DoD makes it official: FCS is cancelled
  48. OMB finally details broad management doctrine
  49. Salary Council suggests locality pay increase for 2011
  50. NMCI to NGEN = 43 months Navy says

Written by cdorobek

February 23, 2010 at 8:19 AM