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HUD CIO Lisa Schlosser to join to EPA

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schlosserThe DorobekInsider has confirmed that HUD CIO Lisa Schlosser will join the Environmental Protection Agency on Dec. 22. She will oversee the Office of Information Collection. We have been hearing discussions that she was leaving HUD for some time — and then heard that it was for a non-traditional CIO job. But we have now confirmed that she is going to EPA.

As it is described to me, the office is “very strategic” and it oversees, among other things, the overseas or Central Data Exchange and National Environmental Information Exchange Network and online rule making. It is different from the traditional CIO job.

From EPA OEI — that’s Office of Information Collection — Web site:

OEI is the Agency’s focal point for collecting, managing, providing, and safeguarding environmental information. OEI works in collaboration with our partners and customers to develop and implement innovative EPA collection policies to ensure that information is more efficiently and accuratelycolleted. OEI enables the Agency to protect human health and the environment through informed decisions and actions.

Schlosser has been at HUD since 2005 and she was part of a very focused management team — so much so that they would have regular and focused meetings to discuss the agency’s key issues. Back in 2006, FCW referred to it as HUD’s team effort. Schlosser also served in Iraq as a reservist… and she spoke about that with Jason Miller, then at FCW, now, of course, at Federal News Radio 1500 AM. The story from April 2008 is headlined From CIO to battlefield techie.

After the break… read Schlosser’s bio…
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December 11, 2008 at 12:27 PM

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What would you ask Team Obama — is now ‘open for questions’

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20081211-questionsMany of us are watching the Obama transition Web site for indications about how the new administration might tap into the Web 2.0 as a tool for governing. And we’re getting a very interesting peek with the newest feature on the Web site — “open for questions.”

The Obama-Biden Transition wants to hear from you. The transition team, using the Google Moderator application, lets people post their questions for the transition team — but, more importantly, it lets you go in and grade those questions — yes, you would like to get this questions answered, no you wouldn’t, or “flag as inappropriate.”

Here is the blog post about ‘open for questions’:

With so many Americans involved in the political process for the first time, there’s a great deal of interest in what’s happening inside the Transition right now — and what happens next.

Today, we’re rolling out a new feature that lets you ask the Transition team any questions you have about the issues that are important to you.

You can also browse through questions other folks have and check off the ones you think are the most interesting.

The community has jumped into a true two-way dialogue with our Transition team members. So far, we’ve asked you questions about major issues in our discussion forums, and you’ve flooded this site with your comments (see here or here).

Check out our new “Open for Questions” feature, and keep the conversation going.

There are many interesting issues here — some of them the government questions. So the transition team posts the following disclaimer:

Have feedback on this system or want to suggest a better way to do this? Let us know. Before asking a question, please review our comment policy.

Disclaimer: This tool is powered by Google Moderator, a third party service. Here is their privacy policy and terms of service.

Does that mean that they don’t have to follow the Privacy Act — the site requires that you sign in, but… how does that relate to privacy laws? Did they compete this application? And there are already questions about whether uncomfortable questions are disappearing by being flagged an inappropriate. Really?

Getting away from those more bureaucratic questions, I absolutely adore the idea. In the end, it is similar to the popular Digg site… and similar to the Web site, which has grown into something of a portal of various issue areas — including what kind of dog the Obamas should get. (More on here… and hear our conversation with the creator of on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.) By the way, is powered by an applicated called UserVoice.

And… then there are the actual questions.

According to the site, these are among the leaders:

  • “What will you do to establish transparency and safeguards against waste with the rest of the Wall Street bailout money?”
  • “What will you do as President to restore the Constitutional protections that have been subverted by the Bush Administration and how will you ensure that our system of checks and balances is renewed?”
  • “Will you lift the ban on Stem Cell research in your first 100 days in office?”
  • “What will you do to end the use of mercenary forces (ie Blackwater) by our military?”

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December 11, 2008 at 8:39 AM