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DorobekInsider: Sending positive thoughts to GSA’s Godwin and her son

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Our thoughts go out to GSA’s Bev Godwin and her family. Godwin is the director of and Web Best Practices in GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Communications.

Godwin’s son, Ross, was in Dallas. I don’t have the full details, but… last week, he was apparently robbed, his car was stolen and he was shot. He has survived, thank goodness, and I have heard that he is out of the hospital.

If I get any other information, I will pass it along. As always, keep Ross and Bev Godwin in your thoughts. And I’ll post if there is anything that we can do for the family.

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September 30, 2008 at 6:14 PM

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DorobekInsider: What’s the impact of Wall Street’s woes?

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So we all have been watching the financial mess. In fact, it was so curious yesterday that all the cable networks literally had split-screens, with one eye focused on Wall Street and another on Capitol Hill as House members voted down the financial rescue bill.

The big question: What does this mean for the government world. We have been trying to get our arms around it on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. Yesterday, we had Jeremy Grant, an emerging technologies analyst for the Stanford Group Company’s Washington Research Group [hear the interview here .mp3]… Tom Trabucco, Director of External Relations for the TSP, talking about what it means for feds retirement plans [hear the interview here .mp3] … and the remarkable Stanley Collender, who is known as a one of the leading experts in federal fiscal and monetary policies having worked on the staff of the House and Senate Budget Committees [hear the interview here .mp3].

But what do you think?

What does the impact of the financial mess mean for government?

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September 30, 2008 at 12:54 PM

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DorobekInsider: overwhelmed

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AP is reporting that the House of Representative’s Web site was brought to its knees yesterday as people flooded the site seeking information on the vote to reject the Wall Street rescue plan.

“We haven’t seen this much demand since the 9-11 commission report” was posted on the site in 2004, said Jeff Ventura, spokesman for the House Chief Administrative Officer.

“We’re being overwhelmed with Web traffic about the bill.” Ventura said the Web site is working, but many computer users are getting the equivalent of a busy signal when they try to visit the site. Once users are on the site, it works at reduced speed. “You have to keep trying and eventually you get in,” he said. Ventura said the slowdown is expected to last until Tuesday, when demand is expected to decline with the House in recess.

In the meantime, technicians planned to work through the night to fortify the system. “Our computer people aren’t going anywhere,” Ventura said.

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September 30, 2008 at 8:11 AM

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