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The DorobekInsider on DC’s NewsChannel 8 tonight

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So I will be on DC’s NewsChannel 8 tonight in the 7:30p ET half-hour. You can watch online by going visiting the link on the top of the page.

I’m going to be talking about the proposed Obama administration CTO, which we’ve been talking about a lot herehere… and here… and here.

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December 2, 2008 at 5:58 PM

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Doan sings the Army fight song — radio gold!

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Update: I got a correction from Doan. Read that below.
Lurita Doan

Lurita Doan

So some had tried to make it out as if Lurita Doan, for former GSA administrator, and I have some kind of tiff — for the record, we don’t. But I will say that she is always entertaining — she was gold for a magazine editor, and she has been radio gold for Federal News Radio.

Doan, who now does commentary on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris, was on this morning… and apparently Lurita is a big Army fan, so…

She sang the Army fight song this morning. It is radio gold. You can hear it here.

Update: I got an e-mail from Doan correcting me on the song that I pointed to…

I got a call about your blog and your confusion about the lyrics to the Army Fight Song.

Just to set the record straight…the song I sang on FedNewsRadio (albeit WAY off key) was indeed the Army Fight Song and you will hear it being sung by West Point Cadets at every opportunity and especially after every Army score. Here’s a well sung version of the Army Fight Song off the West Point website.

You may want to update your blog because there is a “Long, Gray Line” of West Point grads who are pretty particular about their songs. Don’t mess with their mule either!

What you posted is the Official Army song, “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” which is another wonderful tune but something completely different. I am something of an authority on Army songs and ditties (grandfather was a Buffalo soldier, father was in Army for WWII and Korean War and husband is a West Point grad) and I could go into even greater length if you want to learn even more….You would love “Benny Havens , Oh” and maybe even my personal favorites “Slum and Gravy” and “Army Blue”.

In fact, I feel almost as strongly about Army songs as I do about procurement issues and will always help to set the record straight.

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December 2, 2008 at 1:27 PM

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Tapscott on the Obama CTO: It’s about collaboration

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There has been a lot of talk about President-elect Obama’s proposal to create a CTO.



Certainly I have written a number of posts about it — see here… and here… and here… And on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we have tried to have a number of people on to talk about the position and why it matters. Among the CJD-favorites… Harvard Business School associate professor Andrew McAfee — read his post on the CTO here and hear him here — and the person who created the Web suggestion box, which is not tied to Team Obama, I might add. (Hear him from here.)

We have added another luminary to the list of people we have spoken to — Don Tapscott, the author of the popular book Wikinomics and his newest book Grown Up Digital. Tapscott has a post on Huffington Post headlined “What Obama’s New CTO Should Do.” And we had him on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris Monday. You can hear that conversation here.

Among his points, he says that Obama CTO needs to ensure access… it needs to “creating the conditions for a vibrant technology industry”… But the two most interesting to me are “fostering collaboration” and then…

The Web-enabled Transformation of Government and Democracy

We need to use technology to dramatically modernize government and bring it into the digital era. Reinvention of government is an idea whose time has come. One aspect is to improve service to citizens as customers of government. The goal is to identify breakthrough strategies that rethink the core value of key government services, dramatically improve service delivery, reduce costs, and renew administrative processes. Another is to change the role of the citizen as a shareholder in government. We should re-examine the nature of democratic institutions, the role of the private sector, the relationship between the citizen and the state, the future of the nation-state, and new requirements for governance in a global, networked economy.

At a recent meeting of the World Economic Forum, a working group on government recommended digital brainstorm to kickstart Democracy 2.0. Each government leader should create a bold citizen engagement initiative, beginning with a three day citizen jam inviting all citizens to participate in a discussion of an important issue. This will lead to other initiatives to engage citizens in solving important economic crisis, climate change. President Obama should be at the forefront of such efforts. As the first President of the Internet Age he needs to harness the web not just for elections but to govern.

Read Tapscott’s full post here.

After the break… more on Tapscott… his new book Grown Up Digital, and… one thought for the next Federal News Radio Book Club book…

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December 2, 2008 at 9:03 AM