21st Century Government, Part 4: Creating Virtual Agencies

Would “virtual agencies” be an effective alternative to traditional structural reorganization initiatives? If so, what needs done to make them happen? When Vice President Gore’s reinventing government team was being formed in the early ...

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21st Century Government Part 3: Lessons from Past Reorganization Efforts

  The political winds are blowing favorably for reorganizing the U.S. federal government for the first time since Jimmy Carter’s efforts in the 1970s.   As a result, the conversation on government reorganization is shifting from “should we”...

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21st Century Government Part 2: What Is Presidential Reorganization Authority?

President Obama asked Congress for authority to reorganize government in his January 2012 State of the Union address.  Several weeks later, he proposed legislation to do so.  What is in that bill? First, Some Background

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Smarter Nuclear

 Nuclear power has gotten a bad reputation post Fukushima . Rightfully so, a massive amount of land was contaminated with radiation evicting citizens from their ancestral homes possibly forever. One of the many criticisms of the Government of Japan was...

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Security Jam Executive Summary released ahead of the NATO and G8 Summits

Just two weeks ahead of the NATO summit in Chicago and the G8 summit in Camp David, the Security and Defence Agenda and IBM released the executive summary of the 2012 Security Jam. This year’s Security Jam has again proven to be an inclusive dialogue with...

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Smarter Transportation: The Modal Shift

A topic which has really taken the spotlight recently is multi-modal journey planners. Most of us in North America have used maps.google.com to plan a journey from point A to point B and it is certainly an improvement over paper maps. But what about the...

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21st Century Government Part 1: Should Government Reorganize Itself?

Back in March, the U.S. Senate held a hearing on re-tooling government for the 21 st century. What’s the background behind recent pushes to reorganize the federal government?   How do they different from perennial calls to do so over the past three...

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4 Rules to Change Government

 I'm at the NASCIO Mid Year Conference and just heard Bryan Sivak, Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Maryland speak.   Part of his job, as his bio explains,  "is to look across the breadth of Maryland bureaucracy to identify...

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Smarter Parking: A Way to Make Cities More Livable

 Gerry Mooney, General Manager of IBM Smarter Cities has an article in the Washington DC, Examiner which talks about how the recent economic downturn has led to situation where many...

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Will Cloud Computing bring back the Celtic Tiger?

  Will the Celtic Tiger rise again? Taking a page out of their recent history when Ireland invested heavily in the nation’s ICT infrastructure the Irish Government is investing $1.2 Million Euros in building a new research program focused on Cloud...

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Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) – An Introduction

For nearly 25 years my career has interwoven work in Transport and Logistics with Information and Communications Technology (ICT).  For 18 of those years I have been closely engaged with the evolving field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) now...

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Analytics a Tool to Meet Big Data Challenges for Public Safety

  My colleague Mark Cleverley has writing a very good post entitled “ Making Sense of Big Data to Fight Crime ” on the Smarter Planet blog and as the title indicates public safety agencies are facing some very real data  challenges as we move into...

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