10 departments, 10 wishes:
[Edit: updated the list because - well, you'll see]
- Explicit support from Privy Council Office (PCO)‘s new clerk Wayne Wouters for Web 2.0 (and maybe have an RSS feed and a blog, pretty please). I’ve written about this before with the past clerk, with the idea to send a letter. I’m still sitting on it.
- Library & Archives Canada (LAC)‘s new Chief Librarian Dr. Daniel Caron to reinvigorate past support for Open Data and Open Government (or communicate his support for it);
- Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) to stop blocking internet websites within their department and encourage other departments to unblock as well;
- Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to get on the ball with Web 2.0. What is PWGSC doing for departments who want to get on the ball themselves with Web 2.0? Depends if they’re depending on PWGSC for support, direction, facilitation. This wish may also include wishing that PWGSC support Open-source software, to offer it with equal access and service. Maybe they already do, I don’t know. But it doesn’t seem they provide guidance or support on their site or in-person;
- Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) not only to keep their Deputy Minister Cassie Doyle, but also spread her insights and lessons learned. Okay, this isn’t much of a wish, but more of a hope for the status quo;
- Courses from the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) on Web 2.0 and the tools, using Web 2.0 tools to teach them and provide them. Will be necessary for managers and executives across government wondering what the heck it is;
- Public Service Commission (PSC) to place as a qualification on new recruits to the public service (especially at the executive level), skills with computers. Then we can ask IM/IT to avoid reducing computers to mundane basic operations as we keep the screensaver-virus-clicking analysts away from government computers;
- Service Canada to develop some engagement with the citizens using Web 2.0. Via Facebook, twitter, email, an on-line site (how about chat?). I wish Service Canada can be contacted from where citizens are, and increasingly they’re on online sites.Now I’ve ran out of departments/agencies to round this off to 10. I was scrambling before for #8. Now I’m really scrambling…hold on…
- Privacy Commissioner to continue showing the rest of Government not only what social media is, but what it can do and how we can do it, by both talking the talk and walking the walk;
- Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) to get on twitter. How I would love to get some tweets from those departments with news and insights about what is going on, like the United States is. Sure, all the departments should be on twitter and regularly updating, but these departments would be quite interesting.
And pseudo-point (as I already named the PSC):
- Someone, please someone at the Public Service Commission (PSC) improve jobs.gc.ca. I’ve written about it before, with ideas on how Web 2.0 can improve it, I know the Canada Public Service Agency (CPSA) is now with TBS as the new Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO), but still let’s not let it fall between any cracks. So much opportunity for Web 2.0 there. Public Service Renewal starts with a good product, not just prettying it up. And the jobs.gc.ca site greets new recruits with insight to the hoop-hopping bureaucracy;
[Correction: jobs.gc.ca is run by the PSC. Thanks Joe B.!]
There you go. I have more wishes, but they’re mostly for within government. Stuff I think I can handle, for now.