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Re: Discussion points per this morning's call

From: <Niemann.Brand@epamail.epa.gov>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 13:09:49 -0400
To: "Novak, Kevin" <KevinNovak@aia.org>
Cc: "eGov IG" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>, public-egov-ig-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF22A8AE5C.467333DA-ON852575C3.00586677-852575C3.005E4BD1@epamail.epa.gov>
Kevin, My comments are as follows:

Q: How might the operations of government be made more transparent and
accountable?

A: Government employees would use Web 2.0 tools to document what they do
for the public to see and to preserve their knowledge for others to use.

Q: How might federal advisory committees, rulemaking or electronic
rulemaking be better used to drive greater expertise into
decisionmaking?

A: Obviously, these groups would invite decision-making expertise to
participate through deliberate outreach - see
http://www.govtech.com/gt/video/index.php?id=666991&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Digital%20Communities_2009_5_22

Q: What alternative models exist to improve the quality of
decisionmaking and increase opportunities for citizen participation?

A: Obviously, the fuller use of the Web to increase participation in the
political process.

Q: What strategies might be employed to adopt greater use of Web 2.0 in
agencies?

A: Shift the current focus from developing social media policies to how
government employees will actually use Web 2.0 to increase productivity
and delivery of citizen services.

Q: What policy impediments to innovation in government currently exist?

A: The barriers and risks associated with innovation would be removed
through the use of "innovation sandboxes" within agencies and programs
where new things can be tried quickly and freely without fear of and
punishment for failure.

Q: What is the best way to change the culture of government to embrace
collaboration?

A: Leadership by example at the top and "collaboration champions" within
agencies and programs to make it happen on a day-to-day basis.

Q: What changes in training or hiring of personnel would enhance
innovation?

A: Current employees (usually older) would receive training in
innovation (e.g. Web 2.0 tools) and new (usually younger) personnel
would be able to use the innovative tools that they have become
accustomed to in college and industry.

Q: What performance measures are necessary to determine the
effectiveness of open government policies?

A: Mid-term voter turnout, participation in new media sites, surveys of
public satisfaction, etc.


Brand



                                                                                                                         
  From:       "Novak, Kevin" <KevinNovak@aia.org>                                                                        
                                                                                                                         
  To:         "eGov IG" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>                                                                          
                                                                                                                         
  Date:       05/27/2009 11:27 AM                                                                                        
                                                                                                                         
  Subject:    Discussion points per this morning's call                                                                  
                                                                                                                         





All,

Here is the framework to which we need to respond. Again, please provide
me some comment by COB today or early tomorrow so I can aggregate,
review, and get posted.

Cheers,
Kevin


Some questions to consider in formulating ideas include:,
      How might the operations of government be made more transparent
      and accountable?
      How might federal advisory committees, rulemaking or electronic
      rulemaking be better used to drive greater expertise into
      decisionmaking?
      What alternative models exist to improve the quality of
      decisionmaking and increase opportunities for citizen
      participation?
      What strategies might be employed to adopt greater use of Web 2.0
      in agencies?
      What policy impediments to innovation in government currently
      exist?
      What is the best way to change the culture of government to
      embrace collaboration?
      What changes in training or hiring of personnel would enhance
      innovation?
      What performance measures are necessary to determine the
      effectiveness of open government policies?


Kevin Novak
Vice President, Integrated Web Strategy and Technology
The American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006,

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