Other Federal Agencies, People

DC CTO to be White House CIO

Just reported for Internetnews :

DC CTO named as Obama Administration’s CIO

The Obama administration has named Vivek Kundra to be the the first-ever White House-level chief information officer.

Kundra is currently chief technology officer for Washington, DC’s city government, and has risen in the public eye because of his innovative approaches to managing the city’s technology projects. As the first-ever Federal Chief Information Officer, he’ll be responsible for managing the entire federal government’s technology portfolio and budget, and overseeing its enterprise architecture.

I’ll link when the story is live.

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Other Federal Agencies, Policy, tech

GSA wants to know if you'll friend it on Facebook

The GSA wants to know if citizens want to get their federal information via YouTube, Facebook and other social media. Given that, as I blogged, YouTube is close to being GSA-legal for agencies to use, it would seem that a survey is sort of moot — shouldn’t GSA just give agencies the means to get to citizens and just get out of the way?

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Policy

Cloud computing meets Ow’d computing at White House

All the Web 2.0 savvy, Facebooking, Twittering, Crackberrying technorati coming into the White House this week got the ultimate wake-up call about the state of government IT: some of them didn’t even have phones waiting for them, according to the Washington Post.

The Press office continues to use GMail to do its work, while web divas coming in to work on the White House website were horrified to find that rather than Macs, they would be using Windows XP.

Considering the turnout at a recent Web 2.0 breakfast run by the Bethesda AFCEA chapter, it would seem that there are many who share their pain — and also many who have no idea what they’re talking about. A favorite moment from that breakfast: after a discussion of how NASA JPL was using Second Life for educational purposes, a woman asked if Second Life was interactive, and how questions got answered. Eventually the nice young AFCEAn tending the mic explained to her that maybe this wasn’t the forum for these questions….

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Cloud computing meets Ow'd computing at White House

All the Web 2.0 savvy, Facebooking, Twittering, Crackberrying technorati coming into the White House this week got the ultimate wake-up call about the state of government IT: some of them didn’t even have phones waiting for them, according to the Washington Post.

The Press office continues to use GMail to do its work, while web divas coming in to work on the White House website were horrified to find that rather than Macs, they would be using Windows XP.

Considering the turnout at a recent Web 2.0 breakfast run by the Bethesda AFCEA chapter, it would seem that there are many who share their pain — and also many who have no idea what they’re talking about. A favorite moment from that breakfast: after a discussion of how NASA JPL was using Second Life for educational purposes, a woman asked if Second Life was interactive, and how questions got answered. Eventually the nice young AFCEAn tending the mic explained to her that maybe this wasn’t the forum for these questions….

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