On Monday I was invited to participate in the Energy panel of the President's Council of Jobs and Competitiveness. After introductions by NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan, and US Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Chair of the Council (and Chairman and... Read more
San Francisco will hold its second CityCamp, CityCampSF 2011, this Saturday, June 18, and include municipal employees, journalists, developers and neighborhood leaders “working on solutions for better communities and government.” The event is hosted by SF Department of Technology. We asked... Read more
I was privileged this past weekend to be involved in a twenty-first century version of participatory government. CityCamp Raleigh was an 'unconference' with little planned structure other than the first day. We learned about unconferences, CityCamps in other cities, and problems facing citizens... Read more
Data drives everything. And if you haven't taken a trip to Utah.gov lately, you're missing one of the top data-driven destinations on the web. Launched on June 1, their website redesign was based on two primary factors: (1) closely monitoring visitor behavior via website statistics and (2) pulling... Read more
What is innovation? In this week’s edition of Time Magazine, Fareed Zakaria writes: "We don't really have a good fix on the concept. We know it when we see it. But this much is clear: it encompasses more than just scientific or technological breakthroughs..."
Organizing an unconference is easy if you've got passionate people with the right talent, leaders with a strong vision, and the right organizational tools chosen by the team. Typically, it's a group of volunteers who come together and self-organize into a community of passion. This was also the... Read more
Much of the energy and effort around open government to date has literally been hacked together or leans towards a reactive, transparency watchdog approach to making government more extroverted. This is understandable. Any new growth area has its experimental phase and, in order to discover what... Read more
The military often finds itself in a sticky position with taxpayer-funded, contractor-developed software: one contractor with a monopoly on the knowledge of a military software system and with effective control of the software source code. This creates inefficiencies for the government,... Read more
The Federal Reserve System (FRS, FRB, FED, "the Fed," see Wikipedia) took form in 1913 when Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act. It established the ruling bodies, set up a few oversight committees, and granted certain abilities that were intended to help regulate and stabilize the banking... Read more
A draft executive order from the Obama administration recently surfaced titled “Disclosure of Political Spending by Government Contractors.” If signed and implemented, potential contractors bidding on federal work would be required to disclose contributions and spending two years back.