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Good to Know…Week of June 6, 2011


TELEWORK
DC Ranks in Top 10 Cities that Support Formal Telework Policies
The nation’s capital ranks seventh when it comes to adopting formal telework policies, according to the 2011 “Work Without Walls” report published by Microsoft.

To read this article, go to: FCW.com

How to Amp up Creative Thinking on the Job
For many people in the federal government and private sector alike, the workday is a constant stream of data in and decisions out. Time to pause and reflect is limited or unavailable. Days start early and end late.

To read this article, go to: FCW.com

TECHNOLOGY
Tech That Predicts Farm Disasters Can Help Save Indian Agriculture
Farming in India is a brutal business. mKrishi makes it a little easier, by giving farmers predictive data about how to save their farms–and their lives.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

RURAL POPULATION SHIFT
Rural Legislators’ Power Ebbs as Populations Shift
LINCOLN, NE—Residents here like to repeat a well-worn saying about Nebraska: it is home to more cows than people. Unlike some clichés, this one has the advantage of being true. According to the most recent counts, there are more than three times as many cows (6.2 million) as people (1.8 million).

To read this article, go to: NYTimes.com

TRANSPORTATION
Building More Roads Only Causes More Traffic
Expanding highways and roads increases congestion by creating more demand–and building more public transportation doesn’t help the problem.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

FEDERAL PAY
77,000 feds earn more than their governors, report finds
More than 77,000 federal workers earned more than the governors of their states in 2009, according to a new report.

The research found 18,351 federal medical officers earned more than their governors– the most common occupation to out-earn states’ top government executives.

To read this article, go to: GovExec.com

ANNOUNCEMENT
2011 Digital Government (dg.o) conference in Washington, DC June 12-15, 2011 at the University of Maryland College Park. The conference creates an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to exchange innovative research, practice, and solutions  to challenges in digital government. The conference hosts panels, research paper sessions, posters, and demonstrations by leaders in digital government scholarship and practice, as well as keynotes from:

– Dr. Nabil R. Adam – U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Science
and Technology Division;

– Dr. Irak López Dávila, Coordinador General de Modernización
Administrativa, Gobierno del Distrito Federal, Mexico; and

– Mr. Frank Baitman, CIO, U.S. Social Security Administration.

More conference details are available at http://dgo2011.dgsna.org/,
including the conference program.

Registration is now open: https://secure.events-registration.com/dgo2011/
– please register by May 15, 2011 to take advantage of the early
registration fee.

A reminder that everyone planning to attend Dg.o 2011 should make
their hotel reservations now, as our discounted rates expire May 4 and
15. We have arranged discounted hotel rates at three hotels in the
area. Details are at http://dgo2011.dgsna.org/hotels-and-travel. We
will arrange shuttle bus services between these hotels and the
conference venue. It is important that you reserve your rooms now, as
the area is hosting the U.S. Open Golf Tournament at the same time,
and hotel space in the Washington area is at a premium.

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