Senate Joins House in Repealing 3% Withholding Law

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On November 10, the U.S. Senate passed legislation, H.R. 674, repealing the 3% Withholding Law, that was part of the 2005 Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act (TIPRA). The Senate’s version was amended, in a noncontroversial manner, and the amended legislation will need to be voted on again in the U.S. House of Representatives – likely sometime this week. The House passed the original bill in late October. Following the House’s ‘re’ passage of the bill, President Obama will sign the repeal legislation into law.

Government Social Media Sites and Transparency – What Can You Do?

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From Tim Kiely:

FastTrackGov found an article posted by Government Technology News entitled “Backing Up Twitter and Facebook Posts Challenges Governments” that discusses the important issue of transparency for Government Twitter and Facebook accounts, and provides a look at what some government agencies are doing to address it.

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2010 Cyber Threats – Some Food for Thought for Local Governments

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From Tim Kiely:

FastTrackGov found an interesting article compliments of Government Technology News that, according to Kaspersky Labs, says the new year will usher in some changes to be wary of in the world of malware and cyber-attacks.  Read it HERE.

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Seven Predictions for Gov 2.0 in 2010

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From Tim Kiely:

FastTrackGov found an interesting article entitled “The Government 2.0 Forecast For 2010: 7 Predictions” compliments of Social Computing Journal which provides a list of seven predictions as to what will happen with government use of social media technologies in 2010.

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Social Media…What’s Hot for 2010?

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From Tim Kiely:

What will 2010 bring in terms of Social Media options for governments and their citizens?

FastTrackGov found a short video entitled “What’s Hot in 2010? Learn from the Online Trendsetters” that discusses several recently launched Social Media websites that have early adopters excited, and how they could become the next big thing in 2010 and beyond. 

Video compliments of Daisy Whitney’s New Media Minute.

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Survey Results: How is Government Using Social Media?

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From Tim Kiely:

FastTrackGov conducted an on-line survey of municipal governments across the United States in an effort to determine if and how they are using Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) to communicate with citizens.

SURVEY CONCLUSIONS:

  • Nearly 3 out of 5 municipal governments that responded to the survey use Social Media as an option to communicate with their citizens and business owners.
  • Of those municipal governments that do use Social Media, Facebook and Twitter are by far the most popular options with each listed by about 4 out of every 5 survey respondents.
  • While YouTube is used by municipal governments, it is not as popular as FaceBook or Twitter with only about 3 in 10 survey respondents listing it.
  • A vast majority of survey respondents currently use Social Media resources for one-way, outbound communication with their citizens to share news, promote meetings and events, and deliver public safety and emergency information.
  • Most survey respondents indicated that their citizens are still very much in the early stages of accepting Social Media options as viable government communications resources. 

DETAILED SURVEY FINDINGS:

Does your organization currently use Social Media to communicate with citizens/constituents, businesses, vendors, etc.?  

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Which Social Media options does your organization currently use?

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For those Social Media sites you indicated that your organization does use, which one(s) do you use most frequently?

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For those social media site(s) you use, indicate the purpose(s) for which your organization uses them.

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If you are using Social Media in your citizen communication efforts, about what percentage of your community has embraced the practice?

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