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Federal CIO Council posts its ‘Transition Guide’

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The federal Chief Information Officer’s Council has posted its “transition guide,” which is an explainer for new agency officials about what the CIO Council is… what is does… the role that it plays in IT leadership.

After the break, you can find a link to the full document… and a link to the document on the CIO Council’s Web site. Here is how the council describes the document:

The Federal Chief Information Officers Council Transition Guide is provided for newly designated Agency heads and other senior leaders during this time of transition to both understand the role of the Federal CIO Council and to begin the conversation of identifying additional opportunities to share information and improve the Government’s performance, effectiveness and efficiency.

The Transition Guide outlines the responsibilities of the Federal CIO Council and describes on-going efforts and past accomplishments, including work on E-Government (e-GOV) initiatives and Lines of Business (LoB). The guide also begins a dialogue on opportunities to continue to change and provides relevant reference material, to include the current Federal CIO Council Strategic Plan and the Federal CIO Roadmap.

As I mentioned, the document is posted after the break. I’m reading it right now, so read along and post your comments, but… a few excerpts from the executive summary:

The Federal Chief Information Officers Council is focused on understanding the nature of this ever changing environment and harnessing the combined expertise that exists across the federal government to evaluate and implement new technologies. As a consequence, we will build and maintain a leadership position for our nation and our citizens in the information age. This transition plan is provided to share information about our successes and to highlight issues that affect the power of information to safeguard American interests and improve Government’s performance, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Today, we live in an information society – a world in which our ability to make decisions, our financial security and economic vitality, and our nation’s security are vitally dependent upon secure access to trusted information… Our government’s internal functions rely heavily upon seamless, trusted access to information. Information sharing must become the norm within individual agencies and across agency boundaries at the federal, state, and local levels…

The ever changing technological environment presents continuing opportunities for sweeping positive changes in how Federal Agencies can better serve the citizenry and the nation. The commercial world offers many new approaches with the potential to transform services and capabilities available to consumers. Unlike many solutions developed within the Government, these services have had their efficacy and responsiveness tested in the marketplace. These new technologies offer important potential for achieving a more citizen-centric Government if they are properly vetted and present a sound business case.

Find a link to the full document… or read the full document… after the break.

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January 12, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Posted in CIOs, OMB, Policy, Transition

Events CJD is following (or speaking at) this week — government 2.0 — times two — and procurement

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It is a busy week — the week before inauguration here in DC. But there are all sorts of events this week.

* Government 2.0… Last April, when I was still with Federal Computer Week, I had the opportunity to talk to the Social Media Club-DC… and I’ll be back on Wednesday night as part of a panel talking about government 2.0.

Government 2.0 Part II

Social media is set to make a big splash in 2009 and beyond, especially with President Barack Obama’s administration openly embracing online marketing tactics. What does this mean for government contractors, government focused media outlets, and those actively engaged with government agencies that face challenges around social media adoption? Small and large contractors who focus on military, defense, intelligence, public service and other sectors will all benefit from this open discussion on social media in government. We’ll discuss the overall government strategy and what the potential roadmap for 2009 looks like, how government agencies and contractors have collaborated so far, what works and what doesn’t, how to harness the collective intelligence of people to contribute to government, and what’s next in the relationship between social media and government.

The program is moderated by Steve Radick, a social media guru at Booz Allen Hamilton… and panel members are:
* Mark Drapeau, Associate Research Fellow, National Defense University [Bio here… read his posts herefollow him on Twitter here — he has more than 2,000 followers.]
* Steve Field, a Media Relations Manager at Ground Systems at BAE Systems
* Some guy named Christopher Dorobek

The event is being held downtown. Registration information can be found here.

* Government 2.0… AFCEA’s Bethesda, MD chapter on Wednesday morning is hosting a Web 2.0 session — and they have a remarkable panel. They have Navy CIO Robert Carey, the first CIO blogger and the person who spurred the first government Web 2.0 policy… NASA Goddard CIO Linda Curetin, who is an avid blogger — a CJD must read — and has become one of the most innovative thinkers out there… and then Peter Alterman, GSA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Technology Strategy, Office of Governmentwide Policy. I’m hearing that Alterman will talk about GSA Web 2.0 policies. For example, we’ve told you that feds haven’t been able to post to YouTube — at least not legally, but we hear that there may be a resolution to that. So… we may get word on that.

More information — including a link to register — is all right here… Wednesday morning in Rockville, MD.

* Procurement panel… AFFIRM is holding what promises to be a good luncheon panel discussion Thursday on procurement. Moderated by Robert Burton, formerly the deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and now with Venable, the speakers are GSA Acting FAS Commissioner Tyree Varnado, acting OFPP Administrator Lesley Field… among others.

Get more information and register by visiting here… Thursday at lunch at George Washington University.

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January 12, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Most read items for the first week of January

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The first week of the new year — and a new record number of readers for the… Thank you very much.

And the most read items items for the first week of January:

  1. Some must-reads from Killefer, Obama’s performance person — in her own words
  2. Obama CTO this week? Maybe… or maybe not — and the WP’s Kundra profile
  3. Government 2.0 challenges — and some solutions
  4. Godspeed John Gioia — Nov. 11, 1032 to Dec. 26, 2008
  5. 1105 sells Government Health IT
  6. Your 01.09.08 Federal CTO reader: No official word yet, so let’s speculate
  7. Why we should continue to watch Asking for help… and an iPhone app [Last week on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we spoke to Christopher Carfi, the co-founder of Cerado, the company that created this application. We also spoke to the folks at Creative Commons, which enabled the iPhone application to happen.]
  8. VA CIO Bob Howard reportedly has a new gig [In fact, down at number 14, it was confirmed.]
  9. HUD CIO Lisa Schlosser to join to EPA
  10. Talking to my replacement — FCW editor Rapp on Federal News Radio 1500 AM
  11. No Obama CTO yet, but there is an Obama chief performance officer
  12. FCW’s Fed 100 Awards: Recognizing the good work done by people… nominations open for the annual awards program
  13. Helping returning warfighters: Operation Jump Start
  14. VA CIO Howard lands at FCI
  15. Fed 100 nomination: Navy CIO Robert Carey
  16. Interior’s Howell to move to OMB
  17. Worth watching — A National Dialogue: OMB taps into the power of us
  18. DorobekInsider: EPA ahead in govt 2.0 — this time its raydon
  19. Fed 100 nomination: EPA’s Jeremy Ames
  20. Baffled by the financial mess? GAO lays out the issues
  21. FCW gets a new editor: David Rapp… and 1105 GovInfo’s new marketing person is official
  22. Most read DorobekInsider posts for 2008
  23. IAC’s transition documents… read them and hear about them
  24. GSA delays Alliant again, but… you’d but you’d never know it from the press release
  25. Team Obama’s — abuzz about how it was created
  26. Apps for Democracy… and my recommendation for Obama’s CTO
  27. Fed 100 nomination: NAPA’s Frank DiGiamamarino
  28. A correction… and a even bigger congratulations to Microsoft’s Teresa Carlson
  29. Obama’s yet-to-be-named CTO suggestion box
  30. Hear the Navy CIO talk about the Navy’s Web 2.0 policy

After the break, a few other interview that I enjoyed from the past week.
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January 12, 2009 at 6:10 AM

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