CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government Launches New Executive Journal, Leadership

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Inaugural issue focuses on “Government’s Sustainability Moment,” with insights by senior government officials from GSA, NRC, NOAA, and DHS

The CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government launches "Leadership," a new executive journal.

“Just as President Obama declared that the U.S. faces a ‘Sputnik moment,’ the federal government faces a ‘sustainability moment’—a crossroad in how aggressively to move forward with green government initiatives,” said Molly O’Neill, former EPA CIO.

The CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government, a joint public policy project of CGI with leading academic institutions, announces the launch of a new executive journal, Leadership, which gives voice to government executives who are creatively and effectively addressing the most critical issues facing government.

In observance of Earth Day, the inaugural issue on “Government’s Sustainability Moment” examines how green government activities promote sustainability, reduce costs, and transform government operations. Senior government officials featured are:

  •     the General Services Administration’s Martha Johnson and Robert Peck
  •     the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Gregory Jaczko and William Borchardt
  •     the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mary Glackin and Joseph Klimavicz
  •     the Department of Homeland Security’s Richard Spires

Each Leadership issue will be led by a CGI Initiative Fellow and will include in-depth analysis and perspectives on a theme challenging leaders. Molly O’Neill, a CGI Initiative Fellow and former Assistant Administrator and Chief Information Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency, provides analysis in the inaugural issue which identifies opportunities for creating a new normal in government that is driven by the push to go green.

Together with Leadership’s debut, the CGI Initiative re-launched its website, collaborativegov.org, with a new design that showcases the ideas and best practices of its Fellows, partners, and government officials. Each issue of Leadership will be available on the Initiative’s website as well as in print.

Government leader quotes from CGI Initiative’s Leadership journal:

“Zero environmental footprint is this generation’s moon shot. It’s a serious business. It’s serious in terms of the economy; it’s serious in terms of the environment; and GSA is in the middle of that.” -- Martha Johnson, Administrator, GSA

“We’re putting ourselves out there as a green proving ground. We have this imperative to green our buildings, and one of the things we can bargain with is to use our money to be a green test ground for the private sector industry. We think we can test out things, like how well solar arrays work.” -- Robert Peck, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, GSA

“Given the controversies over nuclear power, it’s really incumbent upon us to be an open and transparent agency. That’s a legacy that this agency has had for a long time, and it’s certainly been something that’s been important to me personally.” -- Gregory Jaczko, Chairman, NRC

“We’re not a perfectly flat organization, but we try to operate with a flat mentality, with a lot of information sharing and no bureaucratic barriers.” -- William Borchardt, Executive Director of Operations, NRC

“Our mission is fabulous: saving lives and property, and really making sure these treasures of resources are able to be used today and into the future.” -- Mary Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, NOAA

“The public counts on NOAA to deliver relevant, accurate and timely data.” -- Joseph Klimavicz, Chief Information Officer, NOAA

“We’re trying to reduce both the number of data centers and take advantage of state of the art capabilities to reduce energy consumption.” -- Richard Spires, Chief Information Officer, DHS

Quotes Attributable to Molly O’Neill, CGI Initiative Fellow and former Assistant Administrator and Chief Information Officer, Environmental Protection Agency:

“Just as President Obama declared that the U.S. faces a ‘Sputnik moment,’ the federal government faces a ‘sustainability moment’—a crossroad in how aggressively to move forward with green government initiatives.”

“Achieving environmental sustainability goals will transform the operations of government.”

Quote Attributable to Andrew McLauchlin, Executive Director, CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government:

“The CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government gathers and shares best practices and models that help agencies achieve mission results. Our new Leadership journal focuses on themes that challenge leaders in every organization, providing practical insights that are applicable across government, private, and nonprofit sectors.”

Links:

  •     CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government: collaborativegov.org
  •     CGI Initiative YouTube: youtube.com/user/CGICollaborativeGov
  •     CGI Initiative Twitter: twitter.com/cgi_collabgov
  •     CGI Initiative Flickr: flickr.com/photos/cgi-collaborative-gov/

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About the CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government
The CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government is a joint public policy project of CGI in partnership with leading academic institutions. Launched in January 2008, the initiative’s mission is to analyze models of government’s collaboration with the private and nonprofit sectors in order to identify best practices in using collaboration to achieve mission results.

For more information:

Susan Balding
Director, Communications
(703) 227-4253
susan(dot)balding(at)collaborativegov(dot)org

Mara Sheldon
Director, U.S. Media Relations
(703) 267-8402
mara(dot)sheldon(at)collaborativegov(dot)org

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