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Commons Lab Webcast: Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management

On behalf of the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation, the International Association for Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ESRI, TechChange, NetHope, and Project EPIC, we are honored to invite you to participate in a LIVE WEBCAST of the policy roundtable “Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management.” This roundtable will focus on US federal government’s opportunities and challenges for facilitating greater public engagement in the full-cycle of disaster management through social media, crowdsourcing methods, crisis mapping, and open innovation.


The workshop itself is now full, but we will be making the majority of the panel discussions available via a LIVE WEBCAST from the Wilson Center webpages (links below):
Click on these links above to watch the live webcasts and to download copies of the agenda and background materials (to be posted Monday, September 10).

Analysis of R & D Investments in FY 2012 Appropriations Bill

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) R&D Budget and Policy Program has released its analysis of research and development investment in FY 2012 Congressional appropriations by Agency, including for the USGS and EPA. For links to the AAAS analysis, summary tables, and more visit AAAS – R&D Budget and Policy Program – Home.

On Friday, December 23, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, the so-called “megabus” spending bill. … The trillion-dollar compromise package incorporates the remaining nine individual spending bills in the following areas: Defense; Energy and Water; Interior and Environment; Homeland Security; Financial Services; Labor, HHS and Education; State and Foreign Operations; Military Construction and Veterans; and the Legislature. … Based on initial AAAS analysis, total R&D spending for FY2012 stands at $142 billion, approximately $1.8 billion or 1.3% below FY2011 levels. The summary table is posted immediately below, and individual agency tables can be found under the subject headings that follow.

Report: National Academy of Public Administration’s Forum on Place-based Public Management – All Points Blog

by Joe Francica, Directions Magazine, Monday, May 23, 2011

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in Washington, DC convened a forum on Place-based Public Management today [May 20, 2011]. The event featured several key government policy experts that commented on placed-based initiatives, a key priority of the Obama administration. … The panel of experts was facilitated by Scott Fosler, Lipitz Senior Fellow from the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise and the School of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a past president of NAPA. …

For full text of the article, visit Report: National Academy of Public Administration’s Forum on Place-based Public Management – All Points Blog.

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NAPA Forum on Place-Based Public Management

National Academy of Public Administration Forum on Place-Based Public Management

The rapid advance of geospatial technology and its embeddedness in everyday life (e.g., GPS in every cell phone) are fueling major changes in thinking, behavior, and interaction in business, government, and private life. To kick off our Initiative on Place-Based Public Management, the National Academy of Public Administration will host a forum on May 20, 2011, to explore the potential that place-based policies and geospatial capabilities hold for improving public management.

The centerpiece of this forum will be a Panel of federal and private-sector leaders that will (1) discuss lessons learned in developing and implementing place-based approaches to public management; and (2) identify the key challenges and opportunities in realizing the full potential of these approaches. Speakers on this Panel will include:

  • Xavier Briggs, the primary author of the 2009 White House memo on Place-Based Policy and OMB Associate Director for General Government Services
  • Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Keith Barber, the lead for implementing DoD priorities for “whole of government” geospatial  capabilities, National Geospatial-Intelligence Administration
  • Michael Byrne, GIO, Federal Communications Commission, and lead for implementing the National Broadband Map
  • Jerry Johnston, GIO, Environmental Protection Agency, and geospatial lead for Data.gov
  • Mark Reichardt, President and CIO, Open Geospatial Consortium, a leading standards organization enabling place-based strategies

The full forum agenda is available here.

For more information on the Academy’s Place-Based Public Management Initiative, click here.


Date: Friday, May 20, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: National Academy of Public Administration, 900 7th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC

RSVP: As space is limited, please RSVP to Chloe Yang at yyang [at] napawash [dot] org or by phone at 202 204-3662. In your RSVP, please indicate your organization and title.

via Forum on Place-Based Public Management | National Academy of Public Administration.

Google Rolls Out Public Data Search Tool


By Kim Hart, Washington Post, Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Google launched a new search tool yesterday designed to help Web users find public data that is often buried in hard-to-navigate government Web sites. The tool, called Google Public Data, is the latest in the company’s efforts to make information from federal, state and local governments accessible to citizens. … The company plans to initially make available U.S. population and unemployment data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, respectively. Other data sets, such as emissions statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency, will roll out in the coming months. …
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Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information


Beginning today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) kicks off a National Dialogue intended to inform the development of a multi-year EPA strategy on environmental information access. This open online discussion will go for a week, after which time the comments received will be summarized and posted.  


So, don’t wait. Share your ideas and feedback on how the EPA can enhance access to high quality environmental information: http://blog.epa.gov/partners


Background information and a summary of the information gathered from stakeholders thus far are available at the National Dialogue Page: www.epa.gov/nationaldialogue.


Commenting on the EPA Dialogue (June 10, 2008), OMB Watch noted:


The Bush administration’s tenure has taken a heavy toll on EPA’s reputation on transparency by raising the reporting thresholds for toxic pollution under the Toxics Release Inventory, closing numerous agency libraries, and accusations of interference with scientific research. However, with the imminent reality of a new administration, the ideas for improving access may find a receptive audience in 2009.

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