Saturday, April 30, 2016

Storified: April 29 DCR Tweets

Opioid abuse/treatment gets boost from Janney/Cregg at White House


DCist wrote about Janney's visit to the White House press briefing room:

Janney wasn't just reliving her days as Cregg walking and talking down halls of power. She used her few minutes at the podium to bring attention to country's opioid epidemic. This is related to her current role as a recovering addict on the TV show Mom. (She even waved to the show's creator Chuck Lorre, who was sitting in on the briefing.)

Friday, April 29, 2016

I Spy: May 2 leg meeting media briefing notice

April 29: Medal of Honor awardee remembered with new, correct headstone at St. Es

On Friday, April 29 at 11:00 am, local and federal leaders will unveil the new headstone at the grave of Joseph B. Noil, a Medal of Honor recipient buried for decades in the Saint Elizabeths Hospital cemetery under a misspelled name (Joseph B. Noel).   Don Morfe, who researches and photographs Medal Of Honor Recipient gravesites, discovered the grave (plot: East Campus, Section 3, Row 3, Site 535).

Honoring Noil will be Dr. Tanya A. Royster, Director of the Department of Behavioral Health; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; Director of the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs Tammi Lambert; officials from the Embassy of Canada; and representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Noil received the honor for saving Boatswain J. C. Walton from drowning while serving on board the U.S.S. Powhatan at Norfolk, 26 December 1872.   Noil was a Seaman at the time.   Noil is one of the 90 African Americans awarded the Medal of Honor.   To date, 3,470 medals have been awarded.

Noil continued to serve in the U.S. Navy with distinction, rising to the ranking of Captain of the Hold, serving on the U.S.S. Wyoming.   According to Wikipedia's Joseph B. Noil article,

Joseph B. Noil enlisted in the Navy from New York; when he re-enlisted for a three-year hitch on December 29, 1874, he was described as thirty-four years old, born in Nova Scotia and a "Negro". His civilian occupation was as a caulker, and he was five feet, six inches tall.[1]

In 1881, Noil was admitted to Saint Elizabeths Hospital with paralysis.   He died March 21, 1882.

Noil emigrated from Nova Scotia, Canada.   He enlisted in the Navy in 1871. [Updated enlistment date 4/29, 10a]

To participate, go to the Saint Elizabeths Hospital Cemetery (1100 Alabama Ave SE); enter the cemetery on Bruce Pl SE.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Emergency Bill Status Report for May 3 leg meeting

Emergency Bill Status Report May 3 2016 Leg Meeting

Flashback: April 2003 Trust budget hearing

Ward 8 CM Sandy Allen, Chair of the Committee on Human Services, opening statement at the Trust's FY 2004 budget hearing, Wednesday, April 09, 2003, in part:
Additionally, the board of the Trust will have to roll up their sleeves and embarks on an aggressive fund raising campaign, in order to continue to support those programs that are currently funded, as well as future grantees.

Never happened.

Update: Title updated 4/28, 9p.

Mayor Bowser's #dcfy17 errata letter (unsigned)

FY 2016-2017 Errata Ltr Final Unsigned

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Well-Being, economics and policy


On February 4, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) held the event "DCEN Networking Event: Beyond GNP? What Well-Being Can Contribute to Economics & Policy."   The purpose of the event was to consider a new way of looking at, thinking about the intersection of well-being, happiness, economics, and public policy.

Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution and Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, played a leading role at the event.   She briefed attendees on the emerging trend of measuring happiness and its role in economic progress.

At the meeting, DCEN announced it

will be launching a new campaign to convince the DC government to start its own well-being index project. We believe this approach could show policy makers more clearly how incorporating sustainability principles into decision making may be a more effective strategy for creating happy and healthy communities in the District of Columbia.

Review Graham's presentation (PDF).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DC government loses a good one

Here's more from Matt on the new gig:

I'm also very excited about my new opportunity! Starting May 9, I'll be joining the White House, specifically the U.S. CIO's team, as a Digital Services Expert. I'll be working on national tech policy, and you better believe I'll be bringing the lessons I've learned here [in DC government at OCTO], and your collective wisdom, along with me.

All the best, Matt!

Council adds meetings to, cancels one hearing on #dcfy17 budget schedule

The Council of the District of Columbia has again updated the FY 2017 budget sked.   The April 27 version (PDF) makes these changes:
April 29: (Add-on) Committee of the Whole - Council Chamber-Room 500 (FY 2016 Second Revised Budget Request Emergency Adjustment Act of 2016, FY 2016 Second Revised Budget Request Temporary Adjustment Act of 2016, and the FY 2016 Second Revised Budget Request Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2016)

and

May 11: Budget Work Session - Conference Room 502 (9:00am-Noon & 2:00pm- 6:00pm)

In addition, the schedule has been modified to remove the Committee on Health & Human Services' budget hearing on the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation.   As reported in Mismanagement has bankrupted a D.C. nonprofit, endangering programs for at-risk youths, board members say, Brenda Donald, "the deputy mayor for health and human services, would field questions at another hearing that day about how the administration will move forward."   "That" hearing is for the office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and takes place Thursday, April 28 in Room 412 at JAWB.   The hearing starts at 10:00 am with consideration of the United Medical Center budget.

Social media TA from Sprout Social

Need to keep track of the image size requirements for social media platforms?   Take a look at Sprout Social's Always Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Image Sizes.   Most helpful is the Google Doc containing the dimensions and ratios for images on networks such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Need help creating images?   36 Free Tools for Creating Unique Images, again from Sprout Social, is a good place to start.   Some of what you will find on the list: image design tools, quote makers, profile picture makers, and meme creators.

Sprout Social has its own free image creator and editor, Landscape.


New report: Review of Summer Youth Employment Programs in Eight Major Cities and the District of Columbia

On April 21, the DC Auditor (ODCA) released the report Review of Summer Youth Employment Programs in Eight Major Cities and the District of Columbia (PDF).   ODCA did the audit to comply with 2015 legislation
directing ODCA to "conduct an evaluation of multiple years of the summer youth jobs program to assess whether the program has met and is meeting program objectives." This report, which reviews the structure, eligibility rules, services, costs, and outcomes of summer youth employment programs in the District of Columbia and eight other large cities, is part of ODCA's effort to fulfill the Council's directive and inform discussions of how to make the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) as effective as possible.

The report also includes 11 recommendations.

Perhaps the most damning and troubling finding is about the evaluation, or lack thereof, of SYEP:

Several other cities have commissioned independent evaluations of their summer youth employment programs, including studies that have randomly assigned youth to program and control groups in order to isolate the impact of the program on youth well-being. By contrast, DOES has not commissioned an independent evaluation of MBSYEP since 2010 despite a statutory requirement to do so annually.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Melissa Bradley leads new AU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative

Melissa Bradley is the inaugural director for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative at American University's Kogod School of Business, WBJ's Tina Reed reported today (see American University to launch new innovation center).

The new initiative is designed to make AU a player in the region.   According to the article,

The innovation center will offer access to resources like pitch competitions, a speaker series, mentorship and research partnerships to students across AU, not just business students, Bradley said. The goal is to teach more innovative thinking whether the students plan to start a business or no.

Bradley was DC Action for Children's first paid executive director back in 1996-1997.   I had the pleasure of working for her during my second year MSW placement while at Howard University School of Social Work.

Trust does bad again according to WaPo

Free Comic Book Day, May 7

Monday, April 25, 2016

ICYMI: R. Calvin Lockridge has died

ICYMI: Lydia DePillis has left WaPo

Earlier this month, Lydia DePillis announced she is leaving The Washington Post for the Houston Chronicle.

As she wrote in this Facebook post,

It sounds like a weird move, I know. The Post is a dream place to work in many ways, and I have fabulous colleagues whom I'll miss very much. But ever since I took a bus down here after graduating from college in 2009, I've maintained a strong belief that few serious reporters spend their entire 20s holed up in the capital of the free world.

Props to DePillis for making this huge decision.   I, for one, will miss her local reporting.

Good luck, Lydia!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Prescription Drug Take-back April 30

Reminder: #eotr has a community calendar!


Wards 7 and 8 residents, and stakeholders, can easily find out what is happening in their neck of the woods by referring to the Wards 7 & 8 Community Board!   Adding events is easy; the instructions are on the East Bank DC website (link above).

Kale and Andouille Soup recipe

The latest addition to the Recipes page is Kale and Andouille Soup.   Very easy and quick.   Perfect for cold and warmer weather.

Kale and Andouille Soup

Kojo Nnamdi on Anacostia

The Kojo Nnamdi Show recently spent time in Anacostia talking with residents about the past, present, and future of this Ward 8 community.   Listen to New Faces, New Residents, New Neighbors In Anacostia and Kojo In Your Community: Economic Disparities East Of The Anacostia.