California Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. The dramatic order comes in response to an ever deepening drought crisis now in its fourth year. Gov. Brown held his press conference in an open field in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The field would normally be covered in… Keep reading →

Congress Prepares To Vote On Debt Ceiling Deal

Called “innovative” by syndicated columnist George Will and using an approach endorsed by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, a bipartisan effort to get Congress and 38 states to fix the national debt was announced today. The Compact for America (CFA) initiative would, for the first time in U.S. history, give states a role in restraining… Keep reading →

The country’s leading organization of technology management officials reported today the results of its annual licensing survey, showing steady growth in the patenting and licensing of new technologies and a 16% increase in the number of new technology business enterprises in 2013. Meeting this week in Washington, the Board of Directors of the Association of… Keep reading →

MIT Sloan Executive Education, in partnership with the government of Haiti, has created a new educational initiative to provide management and leadership training to members of the Haitian cabinet for the first time. Haitian ministers and senior officials are invited to participate in executive education courses offered by the MIT School of Management, learning concepts… Keep reading →

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has made headlines with his proposed pension reform initiative that would allow local governments to negotiate changes to government employees’ retirement benefits. However, the most recent stories in the media were not good news: Reed sued Attorney General Kamala Harris over the title and summary she assigned to the initiative,… Keep reading →

Looking beyond the current debt crisis, the Obama Administration (and future presidents for that matter) should expect continued stiff resistance from the Congress whenever the ceiling needs to be increased. No one likes to vote for a debt ceiling increase; there’s no clear upside and plenty of down, particularly for members of Congress who were elected promising to hold the line on spending and taxes.

Moreover, the composition of our accumulated debt is incomprehensible; just seems to be a growing miasma of political toxicity – a debt blob. Notwithstanding imaginative, though apparently unworkable, short-term fixes like the platinum coin, there needs to be consideration of ideas beyond the binary choice of Congress either enacting a debt ceiling increase or failing to act and putting the nation into default. Keep reading →

If any technology in the last 25 years has demonstrated the consequences of too much of a good thing, it’s email. For employees in so many organizations, email’s sheer volume has made it almost counterproductive. That’s one reason why so many federal agencies are turning to social media tools for interpersonal collaboration.

Social tools don’t eliminate email, just as email didn’t wipe out phone calls or the occasional formal document. But they can enable directly relevant communications among members of a workgroup for the real-time collaboration required of efficient workflows. Keep reading →

The U.S. Treasury has always been a place where people could find something green, but this time the term is not referring to money. The U.S. Treasury building has obtained a green environmental designation, probably the oldest federal building to earn one. It has reduced its operating costs by $3.5 million annually as a result.

If the Treasury, built first in 1836, can go green and utilize smarter systems management, then most of the rest of government should be relatively easy, according to experts in the field. All it takes is a little ingenuity, a great deal of effort and a desire. And a presidential executive order helps too. Keep reading →

We know things will be different in 2013. Already, we know tight budgets will be further tightened, and those of us providing services and solutions to the federal government will need to be more focused on the value we can deliver and problems we can solve to help our customers move forward in the new landscape.

Since we know changes are coming, now is a great time to assess your organization’s public relations and marketing strategies for the New Year, to make sure you’re answering your customers’ questions and concerns. And you want higher visibility and awareness, to ensure they can find you when they need you in 2013. Keep reading →

Shrinking budgets and policy crackdowns are changing the landscape for federal decision makers and influencers who gather information and stay abreast of new technology via industry events. Government contractors have always seen events and trade shows as valuable opportunities to connect with federal customers, but this is poised to change in 2013.

According to a recent poll conducted by Market Connections, Inc., 38% of federal employees plan to attend fewer educational and trade events in 2013 compared to last year. Meanwhile, 29% of the 400 respondents reflect the ongoing uncertainty within government agencies about the state of budgets and priorities, saying they don’t know their event attendance plans, even as the federal fiscal year enters its second quarter. Keep reading →

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