The Office of Management and Budget’s communications office has joined the Twitterverse with the handle @OMBPress. Members of Congress, among others, welcomed the July 19 announcement.
Ken Baer, senior adviser and associate director for communications and strategic planning at OMB, said the agency hopes to use the social media outlet to “bring attention both to the important budget and fiscal issues before the country and to the full range of initiatives that OMB is involved with.”
Baer's challenge is now boiling those complex issues down to 140 characters or less.
Posted by Alyah Khan on Jul 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
In the movie "The Graduate" (1967), Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) gets some sage advice from an older man, Mr. McGuire (Walter Brooke). The advice is one word: "Plastics."
Gen. James Cartwright reminded the audience at his FOSE keynote about the scene, and then said: "Today, they'd probably say 'cloud.' It's [presented as] the solution all problems known to man."
Cloud computing, while useful, really is not such a panacea, he said.
Later in his presentation, Cartwright touched on the wisdom of crowds. "There is no one Einstein in here," he said, referring to the audience. "The crowd is always smarter."
Posted by Michael Hardy on Jul 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM3 comments
Michael Carleton is retiring after four years as chief information officer of the Health and Human Services Department, according to an article in FedScoop on June 27. His retirement is effective at the end of July.
Carleton became a federal executive in the Nixon administration’s Federal Energy Administration. He also served for seven years as CIO at the General Services Administration.
Before joining GSA, he was deputy director of the Office of Information Resources Management and CIO for the Office of the Secretary of HHS.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Jun 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM0 comments
On Flag Day in 1996 General Services Administration officials gave each employee access to the Internet at their desk in the office, one of the first federal agencies to meet the milestone. The Internet was a new thing for many employees. Now people live by the Internet, Casey Coleman, GSA's CIO, writes in her Around the Corner blog.
Since then, GSA has been moving forward continually with IT advances, she writes in a June 20 blog post.
GSA has deployed agency-wide Voice over Internet Protocol telecommunications, including softphones on GSA’s laptops. Networks have been upgraded and remote access lets employees work anywhere. People are working outside the office, teleworking and having meetings through videoconferencing. Their computers soon may become hand-held tablets, a big change from old-time computers where the monitors alone were almost too heavy to move a few inches.
Coleman writes, however, that there’s something more important to GSA than getting the hottest stuff and continuing to put more and more of IT into action.
“We view IT as an investment in the productivity, morale, and success of our employees, rather than an end unto itself,” she writes.
Read the rest of her blog post.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jun 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM1 comments
The government IT and social media communities must have positive attitudes or the never-extinguished entrepreneurial spirit, even as one of their leaders heads off to Harvard University. Or it's something else.
Vivek Kundra, the first-ever federal CIO who on June 16 announced his departure from the position in August, received numerous congratulations and a “way to go” on Facebook. Most of the tweets on his announcement were simple links to the available news stories. But those Twitterers who added their thoughts had upbeat comments. There was really no wailing or gnashing of teeth. They weren’t fearful of a sinking ship once Kundra’s gone.
“Sad to hear, but best of luck!” tweeted @Agent11.
Tweeters also acknowledged Kundra’s work.
“CIO Vivek Kundra leaving WH...bummer. He has been a huge advocate for cloud computing in the federal space,” tweeted @BeckyMaeW.
On the other hand, the flavor of comments on FCW was quite different.
Readers are glad he's gone. Many said good riddance -- don't let the door hit you on the way out.
"No pay freeze at Harvard and not sticking around to see if any of the 25 mandates really take...no surprise here. The Fed CIO was just a good step for climbing the personal success ladder," one reader wrote.
Another reader described Kundra.
"He was just like a seagull," wrote M from Reston. "He came in squawked a lot, messed all over the place and now he is flying away."
In Washington, D.C., the communities may have some deeper issues they never talk about. They live in a world where they know someone of such high position in an administration is destined to leave. It's a matter of when. The communities have learned to not get attached for fear of that broken heart. Some people however, may not have dealt with those feelings of heartache.
"First rat off the ship," one FCW reader wrote.
Other Twitterers looked past even the congratulations, or the good riddances, to bring up the next important part of the story.
“The choice of his replacement is a critical one,” @MAlexJohnson tweeted.
“Happy trails Vivek, who will take his place??” @peterk12 tweeted too.
@jakebrewer had a different thought though. Convince Kundra to forget Harvard and stay in Washington.
“Chant anyone? ‘Don’t. go. C.I.O.,” he tweeted.
I’m not sure I’ve heard any chanting, especially among some FCW readers.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jun 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM4 comments
Nobody messes with Sheriff Joe Biden.
President Barack Obama launched his “Campaign to Cut Waste” June 13 and appointed Biden to lead it because, as Obama said in a video message posted on WhiteHouse.gov, “no one messes with Joe.”
Stephanie Cutter, assistant to the president and deputy senior adviser, echoed that sentiment during a call with reporters the same day when she referred to Biden as “Sheriff Joe.”
Cutter said the president chose Biden to head the campaign because of the role the vice president played in implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Posted by Alyah Khan on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM2 comments