(At the request of Pat Wood of the National Performance Review, I am
forwarding this message to FEDREF-L and FEDLIB. -- Steve)
Dear Federal Librarians,
The Federal Communicators Network invites you to join our group.
Our members include editors, public affairs specialists,
trainers, web masters, quality proponents, program managers, and
many others who communicate with federal workers, including
private sector communicators. We have more than 500 members from
over the country.
The National Performance Review organized this network in 1996
at the request of Vice President Gore. Our vision is
"Transforming the government by empowering federal employees
through information." I think librarians would fit right in.
We facilitate the sharing of information through a newsletter,
calendar items, and other messages distributed by e-mail or fax.
We also sponsor workshops and other events (see December 11
workshop announcement below). We also have a press pool and get
press passes to conferences all over the country. Our activities
are planned and carried out by a volunteer steering team. We
invite you to get involved in a leadership role, too.
If you wish to join the FCN, please send Carrie Kemper your
name, title, agency, mailing address, phone, fax, e-mail
address, and web address (if appropriate). Also indicate what
publications, products, or service you offer and whether your
audience is internal, external, or both. Give circulation size
and frequency if appropriate. Send this information to
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If you have an e-mail address, we assume you will subscribe to
our e-mail newsletter. (We fax only to members without e-mail.)
To subscribe, send an e-mail to our list server:
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In the body of the message, type in caps and without
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Please share this invitation with other government communicators
who might be interested--and don't forget to invite your
colleagues to the workshop announced below.
Finally, if you want a copy of the Vice President's new book,
"Busineslike Government: Lessons Learned from America's Best
Companies," send a fax with your name and mailing address to
Sheila Dismuke at (202) 632-0390. If you join, mention that
you're a member of the FCN. If you don't join, you still get the
National Performance Review
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Dec. 11: Free Workshop in DC--Communications That Deliver
Sponsored by the Federal Communicators Network
Conducted by the US Customs Service
Where: General Services Administration Auditorium, 18th and F
Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Closest Metro Stop: Farragut West, 18th St. Exit.
When: 8:30 - 1:30, Thursday, Dec. 11
8:30 - 9 am: Registration, Networking, and Coffee
9 am - noon: Workshop
noon - 1:30 pm: Lunchtime Breakout Discussion Groups (Bring
lunch or buy in nearby places)
How well is your agency communicating about changes such as the
Results Act (Government Performance and Results Act, or GPRA),
reorganizations, and daily procedure changes that affect basic
operations? The role of the communicator has shifted from that
of "getting the word out" by producing media, to delivering
operational results by consulting and managing the
The US Customs Service has developed a new approach to internal
communications specifically focused on operational outcomes, and
it works! In a pilot program involving just three of Customs'
300 ports of entry, the new communication program resulted in
drug seizures worth millions and saved overtime expenses of
hundreds of thousands of dollars. This occurred in a matter of
months with no new costs. This new approach, developed with
front line employees, can work for other agencies.
In this seminar, you'll learn customs' methodology for analyzing
the communication processes of an organization and turning them
around to produce results.
The seminar will conclude with lunchtime breakout groups to
address your specific challenges. For the breakouts, bring a
copy of your agency's strategic plan (and annual plan, if
possible). Also bring a sample of the types of messages your
organization needs to get to the front line, but you suspect
Who Should Attend
This workshop is for federal communicators, executives, program
managers, planners, and others responsible for "managing for
results." Come yourself and invite others from your
Please let us know if you can attend. Call or e-mail name(s),
organization, and contact information to Gina Pearson, (202)
205-0466 or [log in to unmask] by Dec. 9.