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Archive for June 22nd, 2009 Senate approves Zients as the new chief performance officer

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The Senate Friday confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Zients to be the OMB deputy director of management and the Obama administration’s chief performance officer. The Senate Homeland Security Committee had signed off on his nomination earlier in the month. Zients replaces Clay Johnson, who served as the OMB deputy director of management during most of the Bush administration.

Zients (photo: Wikipedia)

Zients (photo: Wikipedia)

The Senate, however, did not take action on the nomination of Martha Johnson to be the administrator of the General Services Administration, the other position that we have been watching carefully. We’ve been hearing that a number of posts have been held up in a Senate squabble over the Supreme Court nomination process and when that should be scheduled.

Here are some Zients/chief performance officer resources:

* OMB director Peter Orszag posted a blog welcome to Zients.

* Federal News Radio Max Cacas was at the hearing. Hear that report here.

* Jon Desenberg, Policy Director at the Performance Institute, spoke to Francis Rose of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s In Depth with Francis Rose, about the role of the chief performance officer. Hear that here.

* And the DorobekInsider CTO and CPO reader.

The other posts confirmed by the Senate on Friday can be found here.

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June 22, 2009 at 9:16 AM The Obama transparency initiative – phase III launches today

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The White House today will launch the third and final part of the Obama transparency and openness initiative where the White House CTO’s office will invite the public to “collaborate on crafting constructive proposals to address challenges from the Discussion phase.”

You can find all the information about the White House transparency initiative on the White House openness portal —

Part one, of course, was a brainstorming session, where the White House invited people to share ideas and  recommendations on how to make government more open. The site allowed people to vote on proposed ideas or add their own. You can read the White House’s assessment of the brainingstorming session here.

Part two has been the discussion of those ideas.

Part three, which is scheduled to launch sometime today after a few delays, is the “draft” phase. The White House describes it as the ability to “collaborate on crafting constructive proposals to address challenges from the Discussion phase.”

We don’t know exactly how this all will work. We’ll talk to Beth Noveck, the deputy CTO for openness, this afternoon on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. My hope is that they will post the proposed policy in a wiki kind of format and we can see where it evolves. But we will all stay tuned.

Meanwhile, here is the note that the White House sent to participants late last week:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights with us through Phase II of the Open Government Consultation ( Given the vibrant and growing discussion, we have decided to extend Phase II through the end of this week. Phase III, the Drafting Phase, will begin on Monday, June 22nd.

Today, we posted the final Participation posting, “Enhancing Online Citizen Participation through Policy.” We greatly look forward to your feedback on the suite of Participation discussions happening live on the OSTP blog.

* Wrap-Up of the Open Government Brainstorming: Participation

* Enhancing Citizen Participation in Decision-Making

* Strengthening Civic Participation

* Improving Online Public Participation in Agency Rulemaking

* New Technologies and Participation

* Enhancing Online Citizen Participation through Policy

In addition, we’ve initiated the conversation on Collaboration by summing up the key ideas we heard from you in the Open Government Brainstorm: “Wrap-up of the Open Government Brainstorm: Collaboration

Keep an eye on the for three upcoming postings on Collaboration, starting June 17th:

* Prizes as Incentives for Public-Private Partnerships

* Intergovernmental Collaboration – Achieving Better Results by Working Together; and

* Stakeholder Collaboration for Dispute Resolution

We’ve been very pleased with the discussion so far and we warmly invite your continued participation in this process. Please encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to join the discussion at

The Open Government Team

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June 22, 2009 at 7:36 AM Building a better bus stop – with crowdsourcing

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Earlier, we told you about an initiative by Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) to crowdsource the redesign of his Web site. But could crowdsouring be used in other areas, like the design of a bus stop. The initiative is called Next Stop Design and it is being done with the help from a for Federal Transit Administration grant 2008-DOTFTAPTPP: Innovative Small Research Projects to Advance Public Participation Related to Public Transportation Planning. (Hat tip: I first read about this initiative in a White House blog post by Beth Noveck, the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government, and Michael Baldwin, an Office of Science & Technology Policy Student Volunteer from Harvard Business School.)

The goal is to see if there are other ways of reaching out to people and getting them involved in developing a bus stop — or other initiatives.

On Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we spoke with Daren Brabham, the project lead for Next Stop Design and a PhD candidate and graduate teaching fellow at the University of Utah. Hear that conversation here:

You can see the ideas posted so far here


More information is available on the Next Stop Design FAQ page:

Next Stop Design is part of a research project by a team of researchers at the University of Utah, in cooperation with the Utah Transit Authority and funded by a grant from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration. The purpose of the project is to use the Web to bring in new voices and different ideas to the public participation process for transit planning. The site is designed to test the crowdsourcing model as a way to improve this public participation process.

The research team applied for Federal Transit Administration grant 2008-DOT-FTA-PTPP: Innovative Small Research Projects to Advance Public Participation Related to Public Transportation Planning and were awarded a grant. The first round of testing involves the design of a bus stop for the University of Utah campus’ “business loop,” a major transfer stop for the area.

The hope is that Next Stop Design will shed light on the ways people participate in government decision making and design activities—such as bus stop design—online, and that similar projects can be undertaken to solve other public problems and needs.

You can follow Next Stop Design on Twitter @nextstopdesign.

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June 22, 2009 at 6:39 AM The most read items for the third week of June 2009

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The most read items on the for the second week of June 2009

  1. Jerry Williams to take the HUD CIO helm
  2. Watching the Web 2.0 effect in Iran – and a real gov 2.0 hero
  3. DorobekInsider: Women In Technology – Government Leaders at the Helm: A New Era — the liner notes
  4. DorobekInsider named a GovFresh Gov 2.0 hero
  5. Ed DeSeve to join the Obama administration
  6. Congratulations on the wedding of Bob Suda and Joanne Connelly
  7. Most read items for the second week of June 2009
  8. DorobekInsider: The July Federal News Radio Book Club book: Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovati
  9. Rep. Honda’s tries crowdsourcing his Web redesign — a check-in
  10. Godspeed to Christine Burman
  11. Welcome Liam Patrick Young
  12. DorobekInsider: The benefits of the federal IT “dashboard” – and the liner notes for News Channel 8
  13. DorobekInsider: GSA names Danielle Germain as chief of staff
  14. Hear the July 2009 Federal News Radio Book Club meeting – Fired Up or Burned Out
  15. DorobekInsider: The new TSA CIO — Emma Garrison-Alexander
  16. DorobekInsider: 1105 Media cuts pay 20 percent — temporarily
  17. DorobekInsider: Dee Lee to join the Professional Services Council
  18. Friday’s Federal News Radio Book Club – Fired Up or Burned Out
  19. Breaking news: NAPA’s DiGiammarino to join the Obama administration
  20. The DorobekInsider reader: Obama cyber policy review
  21. DorobekInsider: Congratulations on the wedding of Bob Suda and Joanne Connelly
  22. DorobekInsider: Most read items for the first week of June
  23. DorobekInsider: GSA’s Dorris, Army’s Sorenson, HP’s Hempfield earn AFCEA Bethesda
  24. The DorobekInsider on DC’s NewsChannel 8 on dashboards — and the Kiviat graph
  25. Martha Johnson to be nominated as GSA administrator soon — maybe today
  26. The DorobekInsider transparency, openness and reader
  27. The Obama CTO reader
  28. DorobekInsider: Remembering Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns
  29. DorobekInsider: Former GSAer John C. Johnson wins ACT/IAC’s 2009 Franke award
  30. DorobekInsider: ConnellyWorks scores a coup hiring ACT/IAC’s Kelly Olson

The most read items from Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris

  1. TSP Roth 401(k) option now on the table
  2. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talks about your TSP
  3. Women in Government: Brig. Gen. Paula G. Thornhill
  4. Daily Debrief EXTRA: “Special Agent” Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., honored by FBI
  5. No cure for FERS flu?
  6. Dashboard success at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
  7. Improving procurement and acquisition policies
  8. Congressman uses crowdsourcing to redesign Web site
  9. No COLA for federal retirees?
  10. AFGE pushes for changes in Bureau of Prisons
  11. Dashboards: coming soon to an agency near you?
  12. Same-sex benefits changes for federal employees
  13. Changes coming to REAL ID Act
  14. Analysis: The face of the new ‘cyber czar’
  15. What’s happening now in Iran
  16. Fedarra hopes to help agencies make sense of
  17. What’s going on at the GSA Expo?
  18. Women in Government: Casey Coleman
  19. Congresswoman: DHS’s NPPD deserves recognition
  20. Your TSP: Changes coming tomorrow?
  21. GPO’s Role in Transparency
  22. White House’s Melissa Hathaway outlines goals
  23. An explanation of those buzz words: ‘business intelligence’
  24. Meet the Innovators: Clay Shirky (Part 2)
  25. Partnership hopes conferences will attract more to federal service
  26. DoD ‘cybercommand’ developing
  27. Pushing ‘pay-go’ on Capitol Hill
  28. Opposition in Iran uses Twitter to organize
  29. GAO on VA’s ‘enhanced use leases’
  30. Federal agencies increasingly posting to Web in many languages
  31. Go to ‘Privacy Camp’ this weekend
  32. FAIR Institute releases report on insourcing

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June 22, 2009 at 5:42 AM