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FCW Insider: Talking collaboration at 1105 Gov Info's Government Leadership Summit

I am down in Williamsburg, Va., for 1105 Government Information Group's Government Leadership Summit, so I'm sorry that I didn't get to post yesterday.

I am pulling together many of the items mentioned during the summit on my Delicious social bookmarking site. Find the items related to the Government Leadership Summit at del.icio.us/cdorobek/2008gls. (If you don't get the idea of what social bookmarking is, there is a wonderful set of online videos created by Common Craft called the Plain English Guides. I mentioned them last year, and you can see them on YouTube, but the video on social bookmarking does a good job of explaining the concept.)

Some items coming out of the sessions yesterday:

* Virtual Alabama doesn't disappoint. Regular readers know I'm a big fan of the Alabama Homeland Security Department's Virtual Alabama program. In fact, we wrote about the program in this week's issue, and I even put the head of Alabama's DHS on the cover of the issue. I always get concerned that I might talk it up too much, but the officials didn't disappoint. They did a remarkable presentation. More on that later.

* Watching for the second government CIO blogger. GSA CIO Casey Coleman announced yesterday that in the coming weeks, she will become the second federal CIO to post to a public blog. We told you back in January that Robert Carey, the Navy Department CIO, was the first government CIO to post to a public blog. (Read it at www.doncio.navy.mil/Blog.) Coleman will apparently be the second. She hosts an internal blog that is available to the GSA CIO team — I, of course, think it would be incredibly transparent and powerful to take THAT blog public, but... the time will come. Coleman is going to be posting to a public blog that will focus on innovation. She is looking for a name. The working title is something like "looking ahead." I moderated a panel on government blogs featuring Coleman; Carey; John Kamensky, a senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government; and the remarkable Heath Kern Gibson, editor-in-chief of DipNote, the State Department's blog.

* More on Suda. Volpe's Bob Suda has been to most, if not all, of our summits. As I told you earlier, he announced he is retiring in August, so we took the opportunity to pay homage to a remarkable 30-plus-year government career. As part of that, I asked a few people for comments about Suda, but this one was just so remarkable, it deserves to be shared.

[Suda] really is the best of the best. I've known him for years, but I've never [worked with him directly], and I can tell you he is literally the best government employee I have ever seen in my entire career. He knows his stuff from so many perspectives and is always creative and adding value. He is one of the guys the government can't afford to lose, but I know it is time for him to move on. He really is a special talent, and I don't think there is any challenge he isn't capable of meeting... Absolutely amazing!

Ah... nice!

* Read GLS notes. The National Academy of Public Administration's Collaboration Project has blogged about the event and posted notes. Again, I'll keep posting links here and at del.icio.us/cdorobek/2008gls.

* An aside: I'm going to the AEA dinner tonight, which features Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, and I'm very excited that I get to interview him before the event. I only have about 20 minutes, so it's going to be quick, but if you have question suggestions, e-mail me at [email protected].

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Jun 03, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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