Big stuff from last week's Government 2.0 camp

Big stuff from last week's Government 2.0 camp

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The big thing is the trend toward transparency, accountability, and effectiveness from governance; the line workers are leading the way and gaining power.

Here's a good summary from Joy Fulton, but the important part involves the attendees:

Some people attending that I knew included Bev Godwin, Leilani Martinez
and Sheila Campbell of USA.gov, Jeffrey Levy and Kay Morrison of the
EPA, Gwynne Kostin of DHS, Lisa Wolfisch from the Census, Claudia
Isaacoff from the Coast Guard, and Mark Drapeau of the NDU
(@Cheeky_Geeky). Lurita Doan was there, as a reporter, as was Daniel
Mintz, acting as a volunteer. I met some amazing people who I had only
known through Twitter – yes that’s you Sarah Bourne (@sarahbourne)! And
it was cool to meet a neighbor I’d met only through Twitter – Noel
Dickover (@NoelDickover).

Ellen Miller from Sunlight Foundation, a heavy hitter herself, documents Top 10 Measurements for Transparency from Andrew Rasiej:

  • 1.    Open data: The federal government should make all data searchable, findable and accessible.
  • 2.    Disclose spending data: The government should disclose how it is
    spending taxpayer dollars, who is spending it and how it’s being spent.
  • 3.    Procurement data: How does the government decide where the money
    is getting spent, who gets it, how they are spending it and how can we
    measure success.
  • etc.

This seems quiet, maybe even dull, but is a really big deal.

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Stephen Buckley

Dear Craig,
My interest in government transparency started many years ago (while I was working in the federal government). And because I was not able to attend last month's the Gov2.0 camp, I was very interested in the "Top 10 Measurements for Transparency" that came out of one of the brainstorming sessions there (and to which Ellen Miller had touted in her blog, to which you pointed, above).
However, we need to keep in mind that this "Top Ten" list was merely the product of 40 minutes of brainstorming. As such, it should now be reviewed and discussed by those who were not in that room.
And, so, it should not presented as a finished product that should be noted "for posterity" (as Ellen stated).
I submitted this thought to Ellen's blog (along with the URL to a google-group discussion on this topic) but, apparently, she has declined to approve my comment for posting there. (I sent it twice, four days apart, along with a voice-mail inquiry to her.)
However, I believe that YOU understand the value of encouraging collaboration (esp. on this topic) even when it is happening outside of one's blog.
Here is the place where we are talking more about "Measuring Transparency":
http://groups.google.com/group/opengovernmentdirective/
sincerely,
Stephen Buckley
http://www.UStransparency.com

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