this case) and a government-hosted online public hearing/input
platform (I suggest "liberating" Democracy.Gov from restricted
promotion outside the U.S. for shared use by multiple agencies). Think
"democracy portal" designed from the citizen not branch/level of
government perspective with an "online conference room" that can be
checked out by government agencies and task forces.
I noted from the materials below, the online event will actually be on
Recovery.Gov and not WhiteHouse.Gov ... does this really matter ...
probably not IF WhiteHouse.Gov links to it in a profile way. One
recommendation - the online event should host an independent e-mail
update list (that doesn't require third party services) and provide
daily e-mail summaries/highlights to draw people into contribute.
What ideas do you have for how to host successful online events?
Connect with others interested in similar "e-consultations" on the 226
member Online Consultations and E-Participation online group to share
your thoughts: http://groups.dowire.org/groups/consult
Steven Clift, E-Democracy.Org
From: Earl Devaney and Ed DeSeve <<email obscured>>
Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:02 AM
Subject: Notice: White House to Host Dialogue on IT Solutions for
For one week beginning on Monday, April 27th, we will be hosting the
Recovery.Gov Dialogue on Information Technology Solutions and we would
like to invite you and your members to participate. This online
dialogue will be reaching out to the public, state and local partners,
potential recipients and solution providers around the question:
What ideas, tools, and approaches can make Recovery.gov a place where
the public can monitor the expenditure and use of recovery funds?
The IT Dialogue, which will run from April 27th to May 3rd, is a
unique opportunity to directly influence how Recovery.gov is built and
When Congress passed and the President signed the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act in February, it created a website, Recovery.gov,
to openly show the public how, when and where recovery funds are spent
to ensure our economic recovery is the most transparent and
accountable in history. The results of the dialogue will be reviewed
for the most innovative suggestions around making Recovery.gov a more
effective portal for transparency.
The dialogue is being hosted by the National Academy of Public
Administration, a congressionally chartered, non-profit, non-partisan,
good government organization that helps tackle government's toughest
Participation from the blogging community is critical to the success
of this initiative. We would like to ask you to participate and to do
the following to help spread the word about the IT Dialogue:
Blog on the IT Dialogue. We have created a one-page summary of the IT
Dialogue for your ease of use. [BELOW]
Follow us on Twitter at @natldialogue -
http://twitter.com/natldialogue - , or on the "Recovery Dialogue: IT
Solutions" Facebook group -
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=81694037326 - to receive event
reminders and updates.
Post the following message in your own Twitter feed:
White House Recovery Dialogue on IT Solutions starts April 27! Learn
more @ www.Recovery.gov, follow @natldialogue, pls RT
Block out 2-3 hours between April 27th and May 3rd to visit
www.recovery.gov, log in and participate in the Dialogue.
If you have additional questions about the IT Dialogue, or if you have
recommendations for other groups who should be contacted, please email
<email obscured> or call 202-204-3633.
Thank you in advance for joining the discussion and sharing your
Chair, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
Special Advisor to the President for Stimulus Implementation
The PDF's Text - http://www.napawash.org/recoverydialogue/overview.pdf :
Information Technology Solutions
Earlier this year, President Obama signed the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
With it came an unprecedented commitment to
transparency and accountability and Recovery.gov is
the cornerstone of this effort. Fulfilling this
commitment requires integrating information and
systems across a host of federal agencies, state,
local, and tribal governments, as well as private
contractors. Now is your opportunity to help.
For seven days beginning on April 27th and in
partnership with the National Academy of Public
Administration, Recovery.gov will host a national
online dialogue to engage the public, potential
recipients, solution providers, and state, local and
tribal partners in answering a key question:
What ideas, tools, and approaches can
make Recovery.gov a place where the
public can monitor the expenditure and
use of recovery funds?
Participants from across the nation will be able to
recommend, discuss, and vote on the best ideas,
tools, and approaches. Your ideas can directly
impact how Recovery.gov operates and ensure that
our economic recovery is the most transparent and
accountable in history.
Convening a high tech roundtable was suggested by
Chairman Edolphus Towns of the House Oversight
and Government Reform Committee. This initiative
invites participation in a vendor-neutral, online
platform that allows participants to submit ideas on
website design, data collection, data warehousing,
data analysis and visualization, waste, fraud, and
abuse detection, and other topics that are key to
achieving greater transparency and accountability.
Participants can refine these ideas in open
discussion, and vote the best ones to the top.
Beginning April 27th, log on and share your best
Hosting this dialogue will allow government to hear
from a much larger and more diverse group of
vendors, customers, and thought leaders in the IT
community than would be possible using more
traditional methods. Recovery.gov is drawing on this
innovation to fulfill the commitment to unprecedented
levels of transparency and responsiveness as
decisions and procurements are made.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an
unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy,
create or save millions of jobs, and put a down
payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so
our country can thrive in the 21st century. With much
at stake, it also provides for unprecedented levels of
transparency and accountability so that taxpayers will
be able to know how, when, and where their tax
dollars are being spent. Recovery.gov is the main
vehicle that will provide each and every citizen with
the ability to monitor where the money from the Act is
being spent. The website is run by an independent
oversight board of inspectors general called the
Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.
About the National Academy
Established in 1967 and chartered by Congress, the
National Academy is a non-profit, non-partisan
coalition of top public management and
organizational leaders who tackle the nation’s most
critical and complex challenges. As the home of the
Collaboration Project (collaborationproject.org), an
independent forum of leaders committed to
leveraging collaborative technology to solve
government's complex problems, the National
Academy is uniquely positioned to host
groundbreaking collaborative discussions.
For more information, please contact:
Danielle Germain, Project Director
(202) 204-3632 ▪ <email obscured>
For press inquiries, please contact:
Nancy DiPaolo, External Affairs, Recovery Board