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How are Government Agencies Doing with Gov 2.0?

From Mark Drapeau via O’Reilly Radar this excellent critique of government’s use of Facebook. He thinks agencies may have signed up lots of Facebook fans but they aren’t participating in the collaborative culture:

But it’s not novel and it’s not social and it’s not engaging. The execution is flawed, the tactics are questionable, the strategy is vague, and the goals are unclear. And all the government pages in the top 10 list effectively look the same. Monkey-see, monkey-do.

Read the article here.

The Printing Habits of Federal Government Employees

According to a recent report by Lexmark that details the printing habits of federal employees, the US Government spends 1.3 billion dollars on employee printing, of which $440 million is wasted on unnecessary printing.

Some of the interesting nuggets from the study include:

  • On average, each federal employee prints 30 pages each work day, totaling 7,200 pages per employee per year
  • Federal employees estimate that they immediately discard 35% of those pages the same day they are printed
  • 89% of federal employees report that their agencies do not have formal printing policies in place

Link to report