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House Committees

Up with a new page today that tracks the various House Committees and their usage of social media. What a lot of people don’t know is exactly how much of big legislation language and compromises are hashed our at the committee (and subcommitte) level. Thankfully, a lot of committes are sharing what they are working on or when the next meeting is via social media. It’s a much better resource for knowing what’s going on with pending legislation – the staffers behind a committee page will have much more ready knowledge of what is happening with a specific piece of legislation than a staffer running a Congressman’s page. Having the ability to access committee staff through responsive social media is a huge win for open government.

First day of the blog

Welcome to the blog! My name is Josh and I am an attorney from Chicago. I tried blogging about politics a few years ago, but I didn’t have the will to write when my articles led to endless debates with friends and colleagues. Hopefully this site, which will be non-partisan in the way it looks at and rates the various government officials and offices, will avoid (most of) the harsh partisan sniping that usually comes with the territory.

I am a huge political nerd and social/new media enthusiast. I hope to provide government staff and the public at large a comprehensive look at just who in government is using social media, who is falling behind, who is innovating, and who is using the most popular products the best. In the next few months I will try my hand at answering the great question of our time that any staffer or politician asks about Social Media: What value is there for us? Why should we devote staff resources to updating our facebook page?

Right now I have three pages up, Senate, House and Governors. These pages allow the reader to quickly identify which government office/politician is using which social media product. Later this week I will add a page comparing the various Congressional committees. I hope to have Federal agencies done by next Monday. If there are any specific page requests (e.g., Wyoming Senate), please let me know.

This site is intended as a public wiki. As of now the House and Senate pages remain locked, but every other page I add will be open to the public for editing. At some point in the near future I will unlock the other two pages. Layout and content feedback is very much appreciated.

I am generally new to blogging, and especially new to wordpress, so please forgive the dust as I figure out post options, theme/background layout etc.

Thanks for reading,

Josh

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