SOCIAL NETWORKING IN THE GOVERNMENT SPACE

Maybe AI team member Rachel Azaroff should get a crystal ball….

In the summer of 2006, Rachel interned at Federal Computer Week and wrote numerous articles about the challenges that the government faces related to hiring recent college graduates and managing a multi-generational workforce.  Two of Rachel’s articles were an op-ed called Forget MySpace. It’s Time for FedSpace and an in-depth feature story calledHire Me Already.

Additionally, Rachel frequently interviewed Steve Ressler during her internship.  Ressler started GovLoop, a social networking tool for government employees.

Fast forward two-plus years and Rachel’s op-ed piece appears prescient!  The federal government is successfully embracing the communication tools of the Millennial generation.  For example, the Coast Guard uses Facebook and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has an active blog.  Other agencies are trying to catch up and capitalize on these resources.

Rachel is excited to see the federal government embrading new technology and hopes that AI can contribute Web 2.0 and portal development skills to this transformation.