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National Small Business Week Focus: FedScoop & Citizen Engagement
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National Small Business Week Focus: FedScoop & Citizen Engagement

This week marks the 48th National Small Business Week with recognition from the White House for small businesses’ contributions to the well-being of the economy. There is estimated to be 27.2 million small businesses in America, creating 60-80 percent of the new jobs in the country, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. More than half of Americans either work for or own a small company, increasing innovation worldwide.

Among small businesses promoting growth in DC and beyond is FedScoop, a full-service Government IT media, VIP event and strategic marketing company. Among FedScoop’s yearly initiatives is FedTalks, an event series featuring leading Federal Government and industry technology executives. FedScoop’s 2011 FedTalks summits include CyberSecurity that was held in February, last week’s Citizen Engagement & OpenGov, Lowering the Costs of Government with Technology to be held in August, and FedTalks 2011 scheduled for October.

Last week’s Citizen Engagement & OpenGov Summit at the Newseum included a speech by the new White House Deputy CTO Chris Vein, who discussed expanding innovation across the entire government as well as engaging citizens via tech solutions. Other keynote speakers included Dave McClure, Associate Administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovation Technologies at GSA, Mike O’Neill, Senior Advisor for Innovative Initiative at the Department of Veteran Affairs, and Frank Baitman, CIO of the Social Security Administration. Nigel Ballard, Director of Federal Marketing for Intel, led an Open Government discussion panel that included Matthew Perry, CIO of OPM, Nicholas Skytland, Open Government Initiative, NASA, and Paul Brubaker, COO of Synteractive.

“The Summit brought together several of the most innovative thought leaders and subject matter experts from the Government IT community to share their insights on the best ways to open government data and engage citizens to become active participants in the government and the services that support them,” says Goldy Kamali, Founder and CEO of FedScoop.

Eric Moore, Chief Architect at HP Software Professional Services, discussed data management, automation and applying transparency to IT, while Sheila Campbell, Director of the Center for Excellence in Digital Government, GSA, talked about best government practices for citizen engagement. Alec Chalmers, Vice President of National Government Solutions at Adobe Systems, brought attention to the citizen experience at the heart of agency missions.

“We've been working closely with The White House to develop programs that tie back directly to the IT priorities of the Administration, and Open Government and Citizen Engagement are two of the Federal CIO's (Vivek Kundra’s) key initiatives," Kamali adds. “FedScoop is the Government IT community's platform for collaboration and education bringing government and industry leaders together to share best practices and identify ways to work together to solve common challenges."

FedMentors, another of FedScoop's innovative platforms, was developed by Kamali to educate and inspire the next generation of government leaders. Launched in March, FedScoop features a weekly FedMentor that so far has included David Wennergren, Assistant Deputy Chief Management Office at the Department of Defense, Donna Dodson, Division of the Computer Security Division at NIST, Izella Dornell, Deputy CIO at Department of Commerce, and Brigadier General Steven Spano, Director of Communications at Langley Air Force Base, among others.

For more information about FedScoop, the FedTalks event series, and FedScoop’s continuing contributions to innovation as a small business including FedMentors, go to http://fedscoop.com.

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