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Good to Know…Week of August 30, 2010

BIG BROTHER
Recycling Bins Go Big Brother on Cleveland Residents
Cleveland residents, beware: Your recycling bins may be watching you. The city of Cleveland is introducing a $2.5 million Big Brother-like system next year to make sure residents are recycling.

To read this article, visit: FastCompany.com

The Government Can Now Track You, Sans Warrant, Via GPS
The story dates back to 2007, when the Drug Enforcement Administration began monitoring one Juan Pineda-Moreno, an Oregonian whom the DEA suspected of maintaining a marijuana grow operation. DEA agents, in the words of Time magazine, “snuck onto his property in the middle of the night” and planted a GPS tracking device on the underside of his Jeep, which was parked in his driveway at the time.

To read this article, visit: FastCompany.com

IT NEWS
Agency official: Telework programs can succeed with the right tools
The Patent and Trademark Office started its telework programs more than 13 years ago with 18 trademark examining attorneys. Today, more than 5,600 employees agencywide work from home at least one day per week. Creating a workforce that can work seamlessly from remote locations, all business units now participate in the telework initiative.

To read this article, visit: GovExec.com

Five years after Katrina, government IT still feels storm’s fury
Five years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, the region continues to rebuild and the federal government is still trying to fix information technology-related problems that the storm and its aftermath exposed.

To read this article, visit: GCN

SOCIAL NETWORKING
Be Careful Mixing Politics and Facebook, Counsel Office Says
Federal employees could become a “friend,” a “fan” or even “like” a Facebook page a political party or candidate created, but they cannot do so during work hours or while in a federal workspace, according to new guidance the Office of Special Counsel has issued.

To read this article, visit: Nextgov.com

JUST PLAIN INTERESTING
“Geek the Library” Campaign Now Available to All U.S. Libraries
Geek the Library, a community-based public awareness campaign, is now available for adoption by any U.S. public library. The campaign is designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries in today’s challenging economic environment and to increase local library support.

For more information, visit: Geek the Library

Chip Conley Took the Maslow Pyramid, Made It an Employee Pyramid and Saved His Company
In this Q&A, Conley talks about how the near-death of his business changed his outlook on leadership, why managers put too much emphasis on money and not enough on meaning, and why it’s more important to climb the employee pyramid than the corporate ladder.

To read this article, visit: FastCompany.com

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