HUD Meets Google Maps

We’ve reported on the intersection of government and Web 2.0 technologies before on this blog. It’s an important and shifting landscape and nowhere is this dichotomy more evident than in Washington D.C. Most of the applications are born in the private sector. Wikipedia, for example, became widely used well before …

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Speeding the delivery of Web2.0 capabilities into government

IT leaders in government are wrestling with several competing forces in the Web2.0 world. The greatest force is a push for change towards more user-focused computing.  But a resisting counter force threatens to delay this change. The counter force here is institutional inertia. Big organizations are just slow to change, …

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Contractors Swoop In to Fill Void as Aging Feds Retire

More than 60,000 federal workers retired in 2006 according to a recent BusinessWeek article. That leaves a lot of unoccupied desks across the federal government. While Uncle Sam scrambles to recruit a new generation of workers, contractors have already begun to replace many of the vacancies. Contracting firms, often with …

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Pictures from Fight Night 2007

Over 2.000 attended last week’s FightNight event at the Washington Hilton. FightNight was able to obtain an exception to allow cigar smoking inside the ballroom. Some of the notables that attended included: BET Founder Bob Johnson, DC Mayor Fenty, Former DC Mayor Williams, Actor Chris Tucker, Gen. Peter Pace, Rep. …

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ManTech Muscles Up With Latest Acquisition

Acquisitions tend to come in three flavors: those that leave you scratching your head as to why either party would pursue the transaction; those that leave you scratching your head why one party would pursue the transaction; and finally those that leave you nodding your head approvingly. Anyone following M&A …

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Regional tech leaders plant seeds for start-up growth

At times, entrepreneurs seeking funding through the traditional venture capital process can start to feel like Michael J. Fox’s character in “Secret of My Success.” As a newly-minted college graduate who leaps from small town, USA to the Big Apple, Fox’s character shuttles from one interview to another, only to …

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For political candidates, Web 2.0 getting a little Trippi

While the Internet may not quite be the great equalizer when it comes to political campaigns pitting heavyweight candidates against underdogs, Politics 2.0 has certainly caused front-runners to sweat a few buckets. Today’s Washington Post has an A1 story examining the Web’s promise and peril for Presidential candidates – particularly …

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Ferriss at the TNNI Conference

“You can really outsource almost anything”, said Tim Ferriss, at last week’s The New New Internet Conference. Pulling from his new book, the Four Hour Work Week, Ferris listed the ways workers can reduce clutter and focus on reclaiming time in their lives. Ferriss cautioned again taking the title of …

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SaaS Panel Delivers Packed Room At ExecutiveBiz Conference

Even Conference organizers charged with assembling provocative panel discussions and speakers can end up pleasantly surprised when one topic strikes a noticeable chord with attendees. That was certainly the case with the ExecutiveBiz The New New Internet Conference afternoon panel discussion – Software as a Service: Benefits Beyond Delivery. As …

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