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Vote for the title of the IAC government 2.0 session @ FOSE

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The Industry Advisory Council and the American Council for Technology have asked me to moderate a panel on government 2.0 — it’s free at FOSE and you can register by following this link… and, as these things always work, it needed to be done ASAP. But if you want to sound off on what we call this session…

You can read the line-up after the break — it’s a good group — and there seems to be interest. In the first 14-hours after e-mail message went out, they had more than 50 people register. If you’re interested, just follow this link and it will take you to the FOSE registration — the appropriate pass code has been filled out. (And it’s free, so…)

I’ve already received some notes asking what we will talk about — and particularly people asking if this is going to be another “what is this Web 2.0 stuff” session. We are working on the details — and I’d certainly like to hear what people want to talk about.

We may actually poll the audience as we start to get a sense as the levels of Web 2.0 knowledge. That being said, if you want to contribute to the questions, we’d love to tap your insights. We are working on it all here… add questions there… or add it right here…

Again — the details… March 11, 2009 at FOSE at the Washington Convention Center. Full details after the break…

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February 26, 2009 at 7:50 PM

OMB’s ‘those-who-shall-not-be-named’ — Kundra and now Noveck

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The joke going around the Office of Management and Budget these days is referring to Vivek Kundra as “Voldemort” Kunda — and no, not because he is evil but because he can only be referred to as “You-Know-Who” or “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.”

Kundra, the DC CTO, has all but been appointed to be the OMB administrator of e-government and information technology. But that happened weeks ago but is still not yet official. But there is a curious Kundra conundrum. I was talking to one former OMBers who told me that he could not collect a federal paycheck until he was officially appointed. That lead some to speculate that he was still on the DCpayroll. But insiders are saying that, in fact, Kundra has been sworn in and is on the OMB payroll — yet still not announced?

Beth Noveck

Beth Noveck

There is another significant appointment that apparently falls in the “She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” category: Beth Simone Noveck. Noveck is a law professor at New York Law School and is apparently working in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. I have posted her bio after the break, but… Noveck worked on the Patent and Trademark Office’s “Community Patent Review project in collaboration with the United States patent and Trademark Office ( Peer-to-Patent is the legal, policy and software framework to open patent examination for public participation for the first time.”

The White House has made some key appointments. For example, the White House named Macon Phillips as the White House director of new media — again, something that everybody knew. There are a number of other people in the new media team including, of course, Katie Jacobs Stanton.

Read Noveck’s full bio and some of the other senior agency appointments… after the break

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February 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Anatomy of a CTO false alarm, but… but a CTO hint maybe?

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On Wednesday, literally during Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we had a sudden read alert — had the CTO been named?

It came in the form of a press release with this headline: “CONNOLLY & MORAN URGE OBAMA TO CHOOSE CHOPRA FOR TECH POST”

Yes, now we see the key word there — “urge.” But we’re all on the edge of our seat for an announcement — everybody is still shocked that there are all these backed-up announcements. More on that in a moment. But first, more on the release itself…

The above mentioned release comes from Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Jim Moran (D-VA) — a release that neither have posted on their Web sites, I might add — who had sent a letter to President Obama earlier this week urging the administration to select Anish Chopra, the Virginia Secretary of Technology and a person widely beleived to be on the Obama CTO short list.

One of the interesting things is that we’re getting a glimps about what transparency means to Team Obama — data gets shared in some areas but not in others. For example, everybody knows that Vivek Kundra, the CTO for the Washington, DC government, has been named the OMB administrator of e-government and information technology — the former Mark Foreman-Karen Evans job. In fact, Kundra has meet with the federal CIO Council — twice. Yet everybody walks around as if it isn’t the case like something out of the Emperor’s New Clothes.

That being said, I have posted Connolly and Moran’s release after the break… and the Feb. 19 letter that they sent to President Obama.
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February 26, 2009 at 5:48 AM