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New metrics to help agencies determine value of social media

GSA led a 12-member interagency working group to create a set of measures specifically aimed at defining the usefulness of social media for agencies. The agency also released an API that lets users create tools to bring together government social media feeds in one place. Both tools are called for in the Digital Government Strategy.

Tags: technology , Web 2.0 , social media , GSA , Justin Herman , Sheila Campbell , Pam Wright , NIH , metrics , APIs , OMB , Digital Government Strategy , Social Media Week , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/20/2013, 05:18am EST
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Avoiding 'cliff jumpers' and other tips for effective social-media use at agencies

While social media has permeated nearly all aspects of American life, in many corners of the government, employees and managers are still figuring out how Facebook, Twitter and a host of other digital technologies can help them do their jobs better. A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton presents case studies of effective uses of social media and provides tips for developing a coherent strategy.

Tags: technology , Gov 2.0 , social media , Partnership for Public Service , Booz Allen Hamilton , FEMA , Facebook , Twitter

Tuesday - 01/08/2013, 05:06pm EST

Declassification board 'agitates' for changes to document management

The Public Interest Declassification Board submitted 14 recommendations to President Barack Obama at the end of November. The suggestions cover everything from moving out of the three-tiered classification system to a two-tiered process to strengthening the National Archives and Records Administration's National Declassification Center to giving federal employees "safe harbor" protection if they adhere to a rigorous risk management process in how they perform their classification duties.

Tags: management , technology , Information Security Oversight Office , John Fitzpatrick , Nancy Soderberg , Marty Faga , Public Interest Declassification Board , Records management , CIA , I-ARPA , White House , Jason Miller

Monday - 12/10/2012, 05:30am EST
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National Archives awards Unisys $7.2M contract for cloud email

The National Archives and Records Administration awarded technology company Unisys Corporation a contract worth up to $7.2 million to oversee the transition of the agency's 4,500 users to the cloud-based Google Apps for email and collaboration.

Tags: technology , contracting , cloud computing , Unisys , Katie Howard

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 11:12am EST

New FOIA portal promotes transparency, eases agency interactions

The Environmental Protection Agency partnered with the Commerce Department and National Archives to launch a new online portal aimed at streamlining the Freedom of Information Act request process for both the public and federal agencies.

Tags: FOIA , FOIAOnline , EPA , Commerce Department , Regulations.gov , Katherine McFate , OMB Watch , Open government , transparency , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , information sharing

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 06:15am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Oct. 2, 2012

Casey Coleman, CIO at the GSA, gives a preview of the 2012 Executive Leadership Conference. Lynn Bernabei, a partner with Bernabei and Watchel, discusses the House's sweeping update to the law protecting federal whistleblowers. Tom Fox of the Partnership for Public Service tells how managers can keep their workforce motivated in tough times. Miriam Nisbet of the National Archives discusses a new website aimed at speeding up the FOIA request process.

Tags: Casey Coleman , Tom Fox , General Services Administration , technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DoD , DoD Report , Partnership for Public Service , Lynn Bernabei , Bernabei and Watchel , Miriam Nisbet , FOIAOnline

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 10:00am EDT

Planning key to cloud success, agency CIOs say

A number of agencies have made high-profile migrations to cloud platforms and the Obama administration has issued sweeping guidance mandating agencies identify and transition services and applications to host in the cloud. For a look at how agencies are faring in their shifts to the cloud and the issues they continue to face, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp hosted a panel discussion, "Clearing the Fog Around Cloud Computing," sponsored by Level 3 Communications.

Tags: cloud computing , panel discussion , Federal Drive , Data center consolidation , Thomas Bayer , Robert Bohn , Mike Wash , Mike Parker , Treasury , NIST , SEC

Friday - 09/28/2012, 11:00am EDT
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FOIA backlog grows even as agencies process more requests

Agencies dedicated more money and personnel to FOIA processing in 2011, but requests grew even faster.

Tags: FOIA , DoJ , Open government , Melanie Pustay , DHS , DoD , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/10/2012, 05:32am EDT

NARA claims progress against backlog of classified papers

Ninety percent of backlogged papers have been assessed and sent to agencies for review, but unexpected problems may cause government to miss 2013 deadline to clear the backlog.

Tags: CIA , Energy , declassification , classification , David Mengel , Sheryl Shenberger , Robert Warrington , Kenneth Stein , Jared Serbu , Federal Drive

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 05:20am EDT
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New electronic records plan brings government into 21st century

A new directive requiring agencies to move to electronic forms of record-keeping by 2020 will push an often two-steps-behind federal government fully into the 21st century, said Paul Wester, the director of modern records program at the National Archives and Records Administration. A key part of the directive is to expand and elevate the role of agency records managers. The guidance directs NARA and the Office of Personnel Management to develop a specific records-management career track institutionalize responsibilities and best practices.

Tags: In Depth , Paul Wester , Records management ,

Monday - 08/27/2012, 08:40pm EDT
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