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DorobekInsider: ACT/IAC hires former 1105er Kristyn Rivellese for events post

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The DorobekInsider has learned that the American Council on Technology and Industry Advisory Council has hired Kristyn Rivellese, who most recently was with the 1105 Government Information Group as the director of executive events. Rivellese will be taking the post vacated by Kelly Olson, who joined the ConnellyWorks marketing-PR-events company.

ACT/IAC staff and board were told yesterday.

Rivellese1105 insiders have been told that Rivellese’s position was “eliminated.” At 1105, she managed the very successful annual Fed 100 Gala and the GCN Awards Gala among other “executive” events. But she also managed the event formerly known as the CIO Summit. That event, which when I was there we tried to re-brand as the Government Leadership Summit, sought to be a “salon” type of atmosphere — bring a relatively small group of senior executives together to discuss the issues facing government — and come up with solutions to those challenges. I always found these events highly valuable. It was at the CIO Summit in 2007 that we first talked about government 2.0 — and it was the first place that Team Intellipedia spoke publicly. Speaking personally, I got to meet some amazing people, but… I think they also spurred government collaboration. I know that former EPA CIO Molly O’Neill made some connections — and developed ideas that eventually helped her be successful at EPA.

Unfortunately, given the hyper-evented world today, I hear that the most recent Summit will be the last.

All of that being said, Rivellese will face interesting challenges at ACT/IAC.

Congratulations on the new gig.

She starts in August.

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July 15, 2009 at 1:27 PM

DorobekInsider: ConnellyWorks scores a coup hiring ACT/IAC’s Kelly Olson

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In a coup for ConnellyWorks, the PR/marking/events company has hired Kelly Olson, the director of conferences and events for the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council.

Olsen is a superstar. Earlier, the DorobekInsider told you that she was recently recognized by ConventionSouth magazine, in its December issue, names Olson as one of the “Meeting Pros To Watch In ‘09.”

A bit coup for ConnellyWorks Joanne Connelly. Congratulations to both of them.

Olsen’s bio:

olsonKelly Olson joined ACT/IAC in 2004. As the Director of Conferences and Events, Kelly manages the overall strategy and operation of the organization’s annual conferences, events, awards and professional development programs. Kelly also works with the ACT and IAC leadership and volunteers on a variety of special events that occur throughout the year, including golf and tennis tournaments and charitable fundraisers. Prior to joining ACT-IAC , Kelly worked as a Senior Program Manager for Professional and Scientific Associates, an event management, communications and technical assistance firm, where she lead a team in planning and executing conferences and events for several clients including the White House, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and the Department of Justice. Kelly holds a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University and received her Certified Meeting Professional Designation (CMP) in August 2006.

UPDATE: ACT/IAC Executive Director Ken Allen sent out the following note to ACT/IAC members:

It is with regret that I announce the departure of Kelly Olson from ACT-IAC. Please join all of us in wishing Kelly a fond farewell and the best of sucess in a new business endeavor. Kelly will be leaving toward the end of the month to join ConnellyWorks, Inc, a marketing/PR/events firm.

Kelly has been with us for the last 5 years and has been responsible for managing our very successful events programs, most notably the MOCs and ELCs. We extend our sincere thanks for her exceptional professional contributions toward ACT-IAC’s success and for passing along her many “secrets to success” to her talented staff.

We hope to see Kelly as she works with companies around the industry and wish her our very best.

KENNETH B. ALLEN
Executive Director
American Council for Technology & Industry Advisory Council

EDITOR’S NOTE: Item was updated to correct the spelling of Olson’s name.

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June 4, 2009 at 9:11 PM

DorobekInsider: Management of Change panel: The changing role of the CIO – the liner notes

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I arrived last night here in Norfolk, VA for the ACT/IAC’s Management of Change 2009 conference. They have a pretty good agenda lined up — including Clay Shirky, a New York University professor and author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, which I have been re-reading this weekend. Right after lunch, I am moderating a panel headlined, The Changing Role of the Agency CIO. And we have a great panel lined up:

* David McClure, Vice President, Government Research, Gartner
* Bajinder Paul, Chief Information Officer, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
* Christine Rider, Chief Information Officer, Small Business Administration
* Sonny Bhagowalia, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Interior

Credit where credit is due: The panel was pulled together by CACI senior VP Cal Shintani.

[If you are at MOC, the panel will take place Monday at 1:15p in the Hampton Roads Ballroom on the third floor.]

As I try to do when I’m out there, I pre-post the “liner” notes — and then I’ll add to them afterwards if there are links or items mentioned. [Previous versions of DorobekInsider liner notes are at the bottom of this entry.]

There are all sorts of issues to discuss regarding the changing role of the CIO. In fact, I literally just finished my July column for Signal magazine on the role of the CIO — so ithis will be a bit of a test to see if the panel ends up changing my mind.

By way of overview, for CIOs, this does seem like the best of times — and the worst of times. Several years ago, Nicholas Carr asked the provicative question: Does IT matter? That questions seems to have been answered clearly — it does, and particularly to Team Obama. But the question still dogging CIOs is: Do CIOs matter?

Aligning of the stars: The three e-gov administrators Sunday at Management of Change

Aligning of the stars: The three e-gov administrators Sunday at Management of Change

So it seems that there are real opportunities for CIOs, but there are also real challenges.

Several data points:
* A federal CIO: For the first time, there is a federal CIO. The Obama administration took the step of calling the government’s chief IT executive the federal CIO. Yes, Vivek Kundra still serves as the administrator of e-government and information technology, but… he now also has the title. Does that matter?

* Cloud computing: Many agencies are at least looking at cloud computing, where computing could become more like a utility. As I was pondering this, I posted the question on my Facebook page: Do CIOs matter? And GSA CIO Casey Coleman posted this response:

“A lot of factors are changing in our environment. For instance, I’ve read several reports that suggest that cloud computing will turn many IT functions into commodity services (which I believe) and render the CIO irrelevant (which I do not believe).”

* Web 2.0 and government 2.0: Almost every day, IT is playing a larger, more significant role in agency missions, but many of these Web 2.0 tools are being driven by the consumer market, they are easy to use, and they are Web based. How does theCIO avoid being the CI-No — the person who tells program people all the reasons why they can’t do something. [Kundra addressed this a bit recently — see DorobekInsider posts here… and here.)

* The power of the purse: The only CIO to have the power of the purse is at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where, by law, all IT money needs the VA CIO’s signature. Does that matter? And does it make the CIO matter? Again, from Facebook by Dan Mintz, former Transportation Department CIO and now at CSC:

“Part of the challenge for Federal CIO’s results from their general lack of control over IT budgets (for a variety of reasons) especially for Departmental CIO’s. Because of this, CIO’s have often too focused downwards on tactical/operational responsibilities and not so much updwards on strategic/business responsibilities (it is hard being strategic when the organization itself doesn’t actually have a serious business strategy – a different issue). 2.0 has the potential to change the equation. Since the delivery method is in fact the message (medium is the message, now where did we hear that before), the CIO now becomes part of the delivery of govenment services; a strategic value proposition.

Mintz also noted:

High means to identify 2-3 key value propositions to the organization where they sit, figure out how to tie IT capabilities to implementing those value propositions, and relentlessly focus on those 2-3 items.

Low means to come up with a strategy to consolidate provisioning of infrastructure, defining infrastructure in the broadest possible fashion. This allows standardization and increased utilization which reduces costs and improves security.

I believe the lever for implementing the ‘low’ part is to recognize the power of the compliance culture that Government CIO’s swim in, and use in particular security compliance as the lever.

* CIO as chief compliance officer: Another post on my Facebook page:

I believe CIO’s need to look high and low to have impact.

“Enterprise Architecture is an important support role for the business, yet has largely been relegated to a compliance role for IT in many agencies, limiting its possible impact. How will CIOs leverage this resource to turn around from reporting and compliance to actually driving the business?” He went on to add, “My other thought is a strong recommendation to reach out to career employees for advice on what is working and what is not working. Too often, there is a communication disconnect between the leadership and the rank and file, leading to the loss of great advice.”

* CIO v CTO: What is the difference? Do we need both?

So today, we’re going to ask the panelists to talk about the mission of their organization, the role of the CIO in that organization, how the role of the CIO is tied to the mission… and we’ll go from there…

I’m leaving the final thoughts to one of our panelists, Bajinder Paul, the chief information officer at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency:

First, since we are talking about the changing role of the CIO, I think one of the focus ought to be how the CIO’s role from strictly technology centric to a business leader has evolved.  How must the CIOs view the business in aligning the right technology framework to ensure performance that meet the objectives of the business, increase transparency and maximize leveraging of technology and reducing cost.

I will try to follow up with additional information after the panel.
[As promised, earlier versions of the DorobekInsider liner notes:
* DorobekInsider.com: The Bisnow government 2.0 event Monday morning — the liner notes [April 26, 2009]
* ACT/IAC Government 2.0 panel: The liner notes — about middle age and centralization [March 11, 2009]
* Speaking to HHS about government 2.0: The liner notes [Feb. 5, 2009]

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June 1, 2009 at 5:43 AM

DorobekInsider.com: The Bisnow government 2.0 event Monday morning — the liner notes

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Editor’s note: I updated with a few items discussed this morning. Find the updated links at the bottom of this post.

I will be moderating a panel on Monday for Bisnow on government 2.0 — and he has an all star panel:

* Dr. Mark Drapeau, Associate Research Fellow at the National Defense University [Twitter ]
* Dan Mintz, Chief Technology Officer for CSC and the former CIO at the Transportation Department [Twitter ]
* Molly O’Neill, former CIO for the Environmental Protection Agency
* Lewis Shepherd, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments [Twitter]

And, of course, you can find all my contacts — blog, Twitter, Facebook , GovLoop, LinkedInfind them all here.

The event is Monday morning at the Tower Club in Tysons, if you are interested in joining us… more information here.

When I speak someplace, I have taken to providing “liner notes,” because there are always links that people want to mention and it can be frustrating trying to write them all down and missing one letter… so I may actually update this after Monday’s session. Some previous liner notes from when I spoke at HHS back in February… and at a ACT/IAC session at FOSE back in March.

One of the big challenges these days in speaking about government 2.0 is that there can be very different levels of understanding. Some people who attend these sessions have a ton o’ knowledge about what government 2.0 is… what web 2.0 tools are… While others barely have aFacebook page. To be honest, I’m not sure what to expect from a Bisnow crowd.

As of now, I’m guessing that we will start somewhat untraditionally — by having the audience talk first… what brought them here… what are they hoping that we will all talk about…

Mintz posted on Twitter tonight what he hopes to talk about:

For BISNOW 2.0 Mon am: (1) Fast sensors, (2) Transactional Cost Economics, (3) Data not systems, (4) Privacy & 4th amend; anything else?

I hope we get to talk about the business implications for the government market growing out of government 2.0, because I think they could be profound.

For those new to this, here are a few recommendations to get you started…

This video, which is a good starting point to what Web 2.0 is… and how it is different.

But some essential readings…

* Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams… This was one of the year books about Web 2.0 — and spurred a government 2.0 project and the National Academy of Public Administration’s Collaboration Project… and many other things. The book is a few years old, but is still almost essential reading if you are thinking about how to do this.

* What Would Google Do? By Jeff Jarvis This book was the subject of the recent Federal News Radio Book Club selection… The name sounds like a Google suck-up, but… it really isn’t. This book does a really good job of capturing the different mind-set changes that go into Web 2.0 — and, by extension, government 2.0.

So we’ll see how the conversation goes tomorrow morning and there may be a part 2 to this post. And I hope you’re able to join us.

UPDATE: After the event, as is always the case, there were items discussed that I did not predict. Here are some of those links:

* Drapeau’s paper: Social Software and National Security. I posted it here … and you can also find a link to it here … and the PDF here.

* EPA’s Jeremy Ames radon videos: I mentioned the EPA radon video contest. You can find more on those here: EPA’s wonderful radon video example

* I mentioned Steve Ressler’s remarkable GovLoop social networking group…

* Former EPA CIO Molly O’Neill mentioned her remarkable EPA Puget Sound wiki. More here .

* I mentioned the National Dialogue seeking ideas on transparency and the stimulus that started this morning… More information here.

* And for the gentleman who was tweeting on his iPhone using the Twitter interface… there are some great Twitter iPhone applications out there. The one I use most is TwitterFon.

* Finally, I should note that Mark Bisnow was named by Washingtonian as one of DC’s Tech Titans.

I think those are the items that were mentioned. Let me know if I missed anything.

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April 26, 2009 at 9:46 PM

DorobekInsider: Video from NewsChannel 8 talking Government 2.0 Camp

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I mentioned that I was on DC’s NewsChannel 8 ‘s Federal News Tonight program last night… talking about Government 2.0 Camp. And you can find the notes and for links and to get more information, you can click here

But now NewsChannel 8 posts video online… so you can see that video from last night here.

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April 15, 2009 at 4:51 AM

Government 2.0 Camp — the un-conference

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I mentioned that I was at Government 2.0 Camp over the weekend. This was the inaugural event of the Government 2.0 Club.

Yesterday on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris , we spoke with Mark Drapeau, who is a fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University and one of the organizers of Government 2.0 Camp. We talked to him about how things went around the government 2.0 camp fire. You can hear that conversation here.

We have been talking about this for some time. And we have spoken to the other organizers. Just after the announcement of Government 2.0 Camp, we spoke to Peter Corbett , the CEO of iStategy Labshear that conversation here — and just before Government 2.0 Camp started, we spoke to Maxine Teller of MiXT Media Strategieshear that conversation here .

And on Tuesday, April 7 in the 10a half-hour on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Government IT Solutions Spotlight, we will talk to all four of the conference organizers. In addition to the people listed above, we will also be joined by Jeffrey Levy, director of Web communications inEPA’s Office of Public Affairs. (We recently spoke to Levy as part of Federal News Radio’s Meet the Innovator series about the government’s Government Social Media SubCouncil.

In brief, my general take on the Government 2.0 Camp…

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend all of both days, but… the time I was there was very valuable. The un-conference idea was just fascinating — and works with this group of people who are collaborators collaborating about collaboration. These are people who are inclined to participate — and are passionate. And I’m not sure if I’ve ever been in a room and seen so many laptops.

One of the most fascinating parts of the session was right at the start of both days when everybody introduced themselves. Each person had to either offer up a session — or they had to offer three words about why they were there. (Mine where: Just do it!) It was so interesting to see the eclectic mix of people — and ideas.

The sessions I got to attend:

Over all, it was a weekend well spent. A public congratulations to the organizers. I look forward to what comes from the Government 2.0 Club.

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April 1, 2009 at 8:38 AM

ACT/IAC Government 2.0 panel: The liner notes — about middle age and centralization

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The ACT-IAC government 2.0 panel today at FOSE

The ACT-IAC government 2.0 panel today at FOSE

As I have been mentioning, I have the opportunity to moderate a panel at the FOSE trade show on Wednesday titled Government 2.0: Evolution or revolution.

I’ll be fascinated by how the discussion unfolds. It seems that there are several issues going on with this topic right now.

It comes at a time when the topic of government 2.0 is — the use of Web 2.0 tools — is beyond hot. In fact, it is so hot that O’Reilly Media has just announced they are going to host a Government 2.0 Summit in September. There are several reasons for that. Clearly, one is the election of Barack Obama as president. For people who have been laboring to get agencies to believe that these tools can help agencies accomplish their missions more effectively, there is now a White House that shares that belief.

But the real reason this issue is so hot right now is because these tools are… so easy to use … they enable collaboration in ways that have been only talk before … they enable people to tap into the concept that all of us are better then each of us individually … they bring to fruition what we all already knew: that information is power, but that information is even more powerful when it is shared.

And these tools have been growing so quickly — Mashable has reported that the number of Twitter users in 2008 grew by 752 percent. (I don’t see any real data behind this number, but…) Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson made mention of how the Twitter “fail whale” has become something of a cultural icon — there have been tatoos … and even a Fail Whale Fan Club. (An excellent write-up of Anderson’s presentation here.) And the March 2, 2009 issue of Fortune magazine, under the headline How Facebook is taking over our lives, notes that today there are more than 175 million Facebook users, and those people are sharing more information then ever before — even simple status updates. In February 2008, Facebook had 4 million status updates daily. One year later — February 2009 — there were more than 15 million daily. And people are spending more time onFacebook — Fortune reports that the average user is spending 169 minutes a month on the site, compared to the NewYorkTimes.com, which holds on to readers for 10 minutes per month.

All of this is influencing — some would undoubtedly argue infecting — how people do their work.

I have mentioned the fascinating conflict between government people keen on Web 2.0 vs the Web 2.0 people keen on government. That is perhaps most evident in how people view the evolution at the White House Web site.

But there is a growing chorus of people calling for these tools to be mandated, and for the White House or OMB come up with a way to coordinate the government’s efforts. Some — including two of the members on the ACT-IAC panel today — have suggested that government 2.0 initiatives are hitting middle age. And there was even a passing tweet that all CIOs should be required to use Twitter.

To be honest, I couldn’t disagree more. First, I don’t think the government 2.0 baby is even close to taking the first step — and those that have are icons. There is the remarkable Intellipedia… there is Navy CIO Rob Carey’s blog … there is almost anything done by NASA Goddard CIO Linda Cureton … there is TSA’s remarkable Idea Factory… there is the Alabama Department of Homeland Security’s Virtual Alabama … there is DC’s Apps for Democracy and its data repository … and the list goes on and on and one — and you can see many of those examples at the National Academy of Public Administration’s Collaboration Project.

There are many interesting and innovative things going on, but the government is just dipping its toe into the shallow end of the pool. There is so much more that can — and I believe will — be done. Those, however, are going to involve the ongoing evolution in thinking — and it is why on Friday the Federal News Radio Book Club will discuss Jeff Jarvis’s What Would Google Do? The book talks about giving up control — and there are few agencies that are willing to do that yet. [Listen to the Federal News Radio 1500 AM Book Club on Friday at 2p ET. All the details can be found here.]

Beyond that, all of these tools have to be focused on helping agencies accomplish their missions. If these tools prove to be better mouse traps, then use them. Demonstrate it. And be the evangelist for it. There are people who will resist — welcome to the real world — but in the end, the better mouse trap will win.

That being said, I’m not sure we’re ready to standardize on any specific tools. In my mind, there is still a lot of evolution yet to happen in this revolution. And there is plenty of time for mandates. Right now, there is too much innovation going on.

This afternoon on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we’ll talk about the session today… and I’ll report back here as well.

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March 11, 2009 at 7:37 AM

New Federal CIO Kundra is getting out there — Federal News Radio 1500 AM — and FOSE

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Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra

The new Obama administration chief information officer Vivek Kundra is waisting no time getting out there and introducing himself. He had his first interview with Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Jason Miller yesterday… you can hear that interview here … and on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris on Monday, we spoke with Miller about his converation with Kundra. (He has a different office then his predecessor, Karen Evans.)

But we’re hearing that Kundra may also speak at the FOSE government IT trade show on Thursday in what would be his first public speaking engagement. We hear he would speak Thursday morning. I have been hearing that he would give a keynote speech on Thursday right after former FBI Director LouisFreeh gives his keynote address. I’m sure FOSE will post updates on the FOSE Web site — or check the FOSE Twitter feed.

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March 10, 2009 at 6:57 AM

A big name jumps into the government 2.0 conference space

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There are scores of government 2.0 conference out there these days — later this month, I’m very excited to be participating in anUNconference — Government 2.0 Camp , coming up on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, 2009 in Washington, DC. (I’m hearing that the team has nailed down the exact location and it could be announced any time now.)

oreilly_largeToday, O’Reilly Media and TechWeb announced that they will be hosting a Government 2.0 Summit on September 9-10 in Washington, DC.

The task of reinventing government is too important to be left solely to the government. Gov 2.0 Summit, a new government technology conference co-produced byO’Reilly Media and TechWeb , capitalizes on the momentum for change and broad engagement, creating a non-partisan forum for addressing the monumental challenges our nation faces.

Gov 2.0 Summit is a place for technologists to rise to the call of public service, offering up their internet expertise to its best and highest purpose. Gov 2.0 Summit will bring together policy-makers, elected officials, upper management in city, state, and federal agencies, technology leadership in all levels of government, private-sectorinternet business leaders, contractors, and consultants to establish high-level thought leadership across the spectrum of stake-holders.

I’ve never been to a O’Reilly event, but they are a giant in the Web 2.0 world — founder Tim O’Reilly is generally credited with creating the term Web 2.0 and O’Reilly Media holds the Web 2.0 Summit each year, which generally brings together some big names.

Of course, there are a growing bastion of events on this topic out there — the Personal Democracy Forum holds its well-respected PdF Conference 2009 — the 6th annual — on June 29-30 in New York City. And some of those already in this market are covering this issue more — the 1105 Government Information Group is holding a conference on open government and transparency this summer.

It shows where the rest of commercial market is — isn’t not great — and so everybody wants to get into the government market. But it also is an indication that these government 2.0 issues are being carefully watched.

It will be interesting to see how they do in this market. The government simply is different. There are ethics considerations that the public sector simply doesn’t have — feds, by and large, can’t accept gifts, for example. So it will be interesting to see how they work in the government environment.

That being said, all I have to say is… welcome! The more collaboration around collaboration, the better. The more discussion, the better. It keeps the attention focused on the issue — and ensuring that progress continues to get made. I can’t wait for the event.

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March 9, 2009 at 6:58 PM

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FOSE week: Causey on benefits… Web 2.0 and intel… and my panel: Goverment 2.0: Evolutions or Revolution

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fose2008largeIt’s the big FOSE trade show next week. Despite a rough year and questions about how many people will be there, FOSE still is the only place where the government IT community comes together as a community — and that’s important. I’ll be interested to see how crowded it is. (One vendor told me thatFOSE would not release the number of people registered.)

Regardless, I’ll be there.

Three events worth attending… Rock star Mike Causey’s benefits forum… AFFIRM’s session on Web 2.0 and intel… and my panel, Government 2.0: Evolution or Revolution.

Here are the details:

* Causey’s benefits panel (03.10.2009; 11:30a-1p; Room 15-A)

Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Mike Causey will be holding his very popular Federal Benefits Panel … Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 11:30AM – 1:00PM, Meeting Room 15-A

* Web 2.0 and intel, sponsored by AFFIRM (03.10.2009; 11:30a-1:30p; Room unknown)

This panel, sponsored by AFFIRM , is being moderated by Tom Temin, co-anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris … Among the speakers:
— Michael Kennedy, director, Enterprise Solutions, Intelligence Community Enterprise Solutions; Associate Director of National Intelligence & CIO
— Alex Voultepsis, Chief of Enterprise Services Division, Intelligence Community Enterprise Solutions, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
— John Hale, Chief of Service Delivery, Director of National Intelligence, Chief Information Officer, Intelligence Community Enterprise Solutions (ICES)

The intel community deserves a lot of credit for Intellipedia, a suite of social networking tools anchored by a Wikipedia-like wiki where people in the intelligence community can post information. And it has blazed the trail in so many ways that one has to imagine we will look back on it with, as one person said on Twitter, “the reverence it deserves.”

And there is a bit of debate about whether the intel leadership is fostering its growth. This is the headline from a recent piece in Government Computer News: Intellipedia suffers midlife crisis. And the piece quotes Chris Rasmussen, who works for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and a member of the team that created Intellipedia:

“We are struggling to take it to the next level,” said Chris Rasmussen, a social-software knowledge manager and trainer at the NationalGeospatial Intelligence Agency, speaking by phone to the Semantic Community–Semantic Exchange Workshop held yesterday in Falls Church, Va. “Grass roots will only get you so far. [Intellipedia] is going well. But we’re not replacing the big-agency systems,” he added.

The problem? The growth of the collective intelligence site so far largely has been fueled by early adopters and enthusiasts, according to Rasmussen. About all those who would have joined and shared their knowledge on the social networking site have already done so. If the intelligence agencies want to get further gains from the site, they need to incorporate it into their own formal decision making process, he contended. Until that happens, the social networking aspect ofIntellipedia is “just a marginal revolution,” he said.

Read the full GCN story here.

You can register for that panel here

It will be fascinating to see what the intel leadership says… and it leads right in my panel on Wednesday…

* Government 2.0: Evolution or revolution (Wednesday 03.11.2009; 10-11:30a; at last report room 146 B/C)

I will be moderating this panel, which is sponsored by ACT/IAC. If you have not registered, follow this link and you get into the session — and FOSE — for free. (How’s that for a deal?)

And we have a fantastic group…
— The previously mentioned Rasmussen
Martha Dorris, the acting associate administrator of the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Communications, which leads USA.gov
Mark Drapeau of the National Defense University
— And Steve Ressler, the founder of GovLoop, the social network for feds (I’ve heard from numerous people that Ressler really wowed people at last week’s IPIC 2009 conference.)

We’re having a call on Monday to go over what we will cover, but… my sense is we’ll touch on Rasmussen’s comments… amplified here inDrapeau’s column, Government 2.0: The midlife crisis.

Government 2.0 has reached its midlife crisis. Despite some leadership from influential individuals on using social software in government, there is still in many cases a disconnect between authorities issuing directives and ground troops carrying them out. In some corridors of Washington, this impervious middle section of government is jokingly referred to as “the clay layer,” the layer through which no light shall pass. Resistant to change and adhering strictly to doctrine even when nonsensical, people in the clay layer can halt progress. Despite their intentions and being in a strategic position, they often stop the progress being called for.

This midlife crisis was pointed out by one of Government 2.0’s most outspoken evangelists, Chris Rasmussen, of the U.S. intelligence community, at a well-attended event held recently in the Washington area. As covered in a widely read trade press article, Rasmussen lamented the impossibly high standards that social tools are held to, even within government firewalls. Furthermore, many tools, such asIntellipedia, are used as supplements to (rather than substitutes for) legacy systems. As Clay Shirky once quipped, this is like putting an engine on a rowboat to make the oars go faster.

Read the full piece here.

Frankly, the concept of government 2.0 being in “mid-life” to me is just preposterous. We’re so far from mid-life, I’m not sure this baby is even walking yet. But… there definitely is this varied views that we’ve been talking about here on the DorobekInsider too, so… let’s talk about it.

And, by the way, while we do have a panel, this will be a discussion, so… I hope you’ll join in the discussion — I think it is an important one — and a relevant one to the challenges agencies are facing right now.

And remember — follow this link to get in for FREE .

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March 7, 2009 at 11:16 AM