Category Archives: Bobby Caudill

News You Can Use: Transparency in Government Takes a Leap Forward

April 14, 2014

So, this really is a big deal. Last Thursday, April 10th, 2014, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). The DATA Act, a mandate to the U.S. Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget to develop a standardized format for the reporting and publication of all federal spending… Read More »

Follow the Data — and Follow the Money: How to Save State Taxpayers $21.5M a Year

March 4, 2014

Here’s a question. Say you are the facilities manager for a government building. How do you keep track of the operating status of all the equipment and infrastructure within the building? Would you know if a chiller was not operating at peak efficiency? Now, hold that thought… Wind the calendar back to 2008. Recognizing a… Read More »

The Good Government Can Do With Data

February 13, 2014

Data, data, data. It’s seems to be important to all people these days. Technologists talk about where to put it, how to manage it, how to secure it. Data scientists talk about how to analyze and answer questions using modern analytics that were previously difficult, if not impossible to answer. Business leaders talk about it… Read More »

What I Heard This Week

February 6, 2014

  This week, I had the opportunity to attend Governing’s Outlook in the States and Localities event held in DC. Like every year, the room was chock full of industry folks hoping to hear something that would enable them to improve their relationship with state and local government, each listening with a unique filter for… Read More »

It’s all because of Snowden – Really?

January 29, 2014

You can’t open a government trade publication these days without bumping into some article about Edward Snowden, and not just US focused publications. His story has had global coverage. There is no doubt his actions are forcing change, for better or worse, within governments around the world. Just this morning, as I was perusing through… Read More »

Disparate Conclusions

December 16, 2013

I’m always amazed (frustrated?) at how often two or more groups can investigate a situation and walk away with very different conclusions, each substantiated by “facts”. One would think in this age of data and analytics it would be ever easier to have groups come to the same or, at least, similar conclusions because, in… Read More »

Government Cyber Defense – Pay Now or Pay (More) Later

December 11, 2013

Officials in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), located in Arizona have serious dilemma on their hands. They are one of the more recent victims of a data breach, one that has the potential to affect nearly 2.5 million people. Ouch! For the complete story, http://bit.ly/1gBHxkB. I feel for everyone in this situation, with… Read More »