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Good to Know…Week of March 7, 2011


EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
ATTN: Volunteer Fire Departments – Marketing “Chief” Needed
Any business relying on public funds knows the financial reserves dipped low in 2010 due to the economic condition, and yet the challenge to obtain funds is still a priority for nonprofit and volunteer organizations. Given that the number of events requiring emergency response appears to have risen in the United States, PERI was interested to know how volunteer fire departments were managing in the current economic climate, and if they were able to balance their financial needs against the community demand.

To read this article, go to: www.riskinstitute.org

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
Congressman Eric Cantor Taps Quora Crowd for eDemocracy Experiment
The office of Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor has just launched a Quora question to tap the Fast Company audience’s collective intelligence. Cantor hopes the crowd can help him flip one of the last stones unturned in the recent wave of eDemocracy: legislation.

To read this article, visit: FastCompany.com

TECHNOLOGY
Agencies Must Determine Computer Security Teams in Face of Potential Federal Shutdown
As a potential government shutdown comes closer, agencies must face new questions about defining “essential” computer personnel. Cyber threats weren’t as significant during the 1995 furlough as they are today, reports NextGov. The publication adds that agencies need to buck up and be organized.

To read this article, go to: fcw.com

State Dept. to Spend Part of $150 Million for Egyptian Transition on Digital Training
“The key for us is to help them understand what the tools are and then for them to adopt and adapt them for their own purposes,” Alec Ross, Hillary Clinton’s senior advisor for innovation, tells us.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

TELEWORK
OPM Report Generates More Debate About Telework
Based on agency-reported data, OPM’s report states that the number of teleworkers increased by 11,046 from 2008 to 2009. That means more than 10 percent of eligible federal employees now telework.

To read this article, visit: fcw.com

URBAN PLANNING
How David van der Leer Curates the Guggenheim–and Our Cities
Big
idea: To use his platform as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for
exploring what cities could and should be like in the coming years.

To read this article, visit: FastCompany.com

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