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CRITICAL READ WHAT: Government Information Sharing: A Planning Toolkit" by the Center for Technology in Gov- ernment at the University at Albany. WHY: The report outlines 16 elements --- including organiza- tional compatibility, project man- agement and strategic planning --- that contribute to data-sharing capability. The manual provides guidance and self-assessment steps for government profes- sionals who oversee efforts to share information. VERBATIM: "The past two decades have seen notable changes in the way essential public services and programs are delivered. From build- ing infrastructure to assur- ing public safety to provid- ing human services, these services and programs have become the responsibility of complex inter-organizational networks of public, private and nonpro t entities.... The need to share information lies at the heart of these service and program networks, and it often involves sharing information for a purpose that was not its originally intended use." FULL REPORT: ctg.albany.edu GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SHARING: A PLANNING TOOLKIT November 30, 2013 FCW.COM 9 of data will be produced daily by NOAA's next generation of weather satellites. 20 terabytes It s hard to put a price tag on the cost of the government shutdown in October. Standard and Poor s estimated that the partial closure eliminated $24 billion in economic activity. Now the Of ce of Management and Budget has released its own assess- ment. Among the highlights: • 6.6 million workdays lost, with $2 bil- lion paid to idled workers. OMB Direc- tor Sylvia Mathews Burwell said that is a conservative estimate because it does not take into account the work hours sunk into preparing for the shutdown or digging out afterward. • 850,000 workers --- about 40 percent of the civilian workforce --- furloughed for at least part of the shutdown, dropping to 400,000 after the Defense Department brought back most of its civilian employees. • A one-third drop in small-business contracts with DOD and a 40 percent drop in spending on such contracts. However, the report includes no top- line number attached to the economic impact of lost wages and layoffs for government contractors. The report also details the effects of the shutdown on government pro- grams, notably delays in the release of economic data and a projected delay in the start of the 2014 tax- ling sea- son. The government will continue to pay for the shutdown in other ways, including interest on late payments for tax refunds and contractors bills, for example. Burwell did not have a pre- cise gure or estimate for those costs. Less tangible are the effects on the morale of government workers. There is a widespread belief that the shut- down exacerbated a problem that was already growing because of sequestra- tion, pay freezes and elected of cials carping at civil servants. "At the end of the day, the govern- ment shutdown risks seriously damag- ing the ability to attract and retain the kind of driven, patriotic Americans to public service that our citizens deserve and that our system of self-government demands," the report concludes. The report comes as Congress begins the next round of budget negotiations. A conference committee led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Mur- ray (D-Wash.), who lead the budget committees in the House and Senate, was responsible for crafting part of the deal that ended the shutdown and raised the debt ceiling. Their job now is to work out a budget or a continu- ing resolution by Jan. 15, 2014, to pre- vent another shutdown. The deadline to extend the debt limit is just a few weeks after that. --- Adam Mazmanian Tallying the cost of the shutdown Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more at Twitter.com/FCWnow. 6-month IT goal: "make it so that people are free to work and compute wherever they want" securely http://fcw.com/ Articles/2013... + thx @fcwnow #FCC 8:06AM-10Nov13 David A. Bray @fcc_cio Reply Retweet Favorite
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