Integrating Drupal with GovDelivery

By Rishi Vajpeyi, Solutions Consultant Among content management systems—software that enables publishing, editing and modifying content on a website—Drupal continues to be a major player in the public sector space following its widespread adoption by the White House, Small Business Administration, House of Representatives, Department of Energy, and Department of Education, to name just a few customers.  In… Read more »


Washington State Residents Now Get Real-Time Traffic Alerts

By Richard Fong, Technology Project Manager Moderate impact. Low impact. Collision. Cleared. If you travel on highways anywhere, wouldn’t it be nice to have these types of messages delivered to your email or phone so you could anticipate a change in your route and save time? With some cool technology, the Washington State Department of… Read more »


3 Ways Peer-to-Peer Services Will Rock Government’s World

Last week, I was able to attend the 2013 Personal Democracy Forum in New York City.  This conference and community is about the present and future impact of digital technologies on our democracy.  While listening to many of the thought-provoking and passionate presentations, there were a few different ideas that really spoke to me. Here… Read more »


Going All Digital: How to Move Paper-Based Transactional Messages Online

I don’t have to tell you how constrained government budgets are these days. If you work in government, you know the depth of budget cuts and lack of resources – but this doesn’t mean that you stop doing the important work you’ve done before. You still need to communicate with your citizens and stakeholders about… Read more »


Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts on Reach the Public

I know 2013 started just over a week ago, but it already feels like it’s been weeks since I celebrated the holidays and New Year’s with my family and friends. I think part of this is jumping back into the work day after some time off, but part of it is probably due to the… Read more »


APIs ARE the secret sauce

Yesterday, I attended an outstanding webinar, by my co-worker Richard Fong, about using APIs to improve how the government communicates with the public. He discussed what an API is and why they’re so important to government organizations. Application Programming Interfaces (or APIs) are a hot topic in the government these days. Earlier this year, the… Read more »


Segmentation, analytics & integration: what’s the point?

As discussed in a previous post, for anyone who thinks email is dead, you’re in for a surprise. The truth is, email is just being accessed differently these days, with more people using email on smartphones or other mobile devices rather than from a computer. If you haven’t explored options to make your email communications… Read more »


Why government must embrace failure as a mission critical value

In the current heated political climate, lots of air time is given to the failures of the opposing party. “This policy was a total failure.” “That idea cost us a fortune and nothing worked.” “That was a horrible idea, and I will work to reverse it.” This kind of rhetoric highlights two important issues that… Read more »


National Weather Service Using APIs for Tsunami Alerts

By Richard Fong, Technical Implementation Consultant Tsunami events in 1946 and 1964 devastated Hawaii, Alaska, and the coastlines of Washington, Oregon, and California. The 1946 event started with an earthquake magnitude of 8.1 near Unimak, Alaska. Tsunamis inundated the coast over 100 feet above sea level and destroyed many structures near the Unimak area. The… Read more »