Wednesday, September 28, 2016

DC's Data Policy 0.1 draft available for public comment (online only)

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) is seeking comments on District of Columbia Data Policy 0.1 (Draft) by October 16.

The policy defines "data" and establishes a process for inventorying and categorizing datasets.   This policy also offers guidance to DC government agencies on data should be protection, what should remain confidential and unreleased and what can be publicly distributed.

Sections are:

  • Intent
  • Scope
  • Definitions
  • Personnel and Roles
  • Enterprise Dataset Inventory, Classification, and Prioritization
  • Minimum Data Protection Requirements
  • Data Catalogs
  • Intra-District Data Sharing Agreements for Datasets Classified Level 2 and below
  • Nexus Between FOIA and Open Data
  • Level 0, Open, Data Legal Policy and Licensing

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CFSA's new planning office administrator

Ariana Quiñones-Miranda is the new Administrator of CFSA's Office of Planning, Policy and Program Support.   Her address is Child and Family Services Agency, 200 I Street SE, Room 3429, Washington DC 20020, and her phone is (202) 727-7624.   Her email is

Monday, September 26, 2016

Highlights of events in Wards 7 and 8, week of Sept. 26

WaPo's new podcast "Historically Black"

From DCRTV September 19:
WaPo Launches "Historically Black" Podcast - 9/19 - The Washington Post and APM Reports start a podcast today - Historically Black. Based on the Post's Historically Black Tumblr project, a crowd-sourced "people's museum" of objects representing black history, the podcast will showcase interviews, archival radio, and music curated by APM Reports and the Post. With guest hosts comedian Keegan-Michael Key, feminist writer Roxane Gay, creator of "The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl" web series Issa Rae, and Another Round podcast hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton. More at

Friday, September 23, 2016

OCFO publishes economic trends report, August 2016

August 2016 Review of District of Columbia Economic and Revenue Trends (PDF) is out!

Indicators covered in the report include wage and salary employment, resident employment and unemployment, wages and income, residenal real estate and population, and hospitality.

The DC statehood/voting rights space just got more crowded

It's not as though the issues of DC statehood and voting rights have no champions or alternative scenarios.   The players include DC Vote, New Columbia Statehood Commission, DC Statehood Yes We Can, New Columbia Vision, Neighbors United for Statehood, Iowans for D.C. Statehood, and Cityhood for DC.

Local real estate exec David Krucoff, of DC but now MD resident, has launched the new organization Douglass County, Maryland as another alternative.   WBJ's Michael Neibauer discusses the new organization and the reason Krucoff founded it in Welcome to Douglass County, Maryland. Real estate executive launches retrocession bid.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 24-25 in Wards 7 and 8

New podcast, Our Town, focuses on homegrown history

From DCRTV 9/18:
Ockershausen Hosts "Our Town" Podcast - 9/18 - DC media veteran Andy Ockershausen (right), a third-generation Washingtonian who has worked for the Evening Star Broadcast Group, the old WMAL-TV, WMAL radio, Channel 50/WDCW, and, most recently, Comcast/NBC Universal, is starting a podcast, "Our Town," with local personalies. Including media figures, politicans and community leaders, sports heroes, business and charitable influencers, and many more. Each half-hour podcast, which is recorded at WMAL, can be heard at, with the debut episode on September 21. Then, new shows will air every Tuesday and Thursday. Season one will feature more than 25 interviews with the likes of Sonny Jurgensen, Bill Regardie, Frank Herzog, Charlie Brotman, Paul Berry, Frank Harden, Tim Brant, Catherine Meloy, Mark Russell, Andy Pollin, and Harry Jaffe.....

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New CM, Robert White, Jr., on DC Council website

And be sure to check out CM White's website.

Why do you write? Some solid advice.

September 21: AG Karl Racine on @News8NewsTalk

Twitter character count changes in effect

From AdWeek's September 20 Morning Media Newsfeed:
Sept. 19 arrived, and so did the previously announced tweaks to Twitter’s 140-character limit. (SocialTimes)

The 140-character limit for tweets will only include text—as in letters, numbers, symbols or spaces. It's also letting you become a little more multimedia-happy. In the past, photos, GIFs, videos and polls counted against the 140 allotted characters, crunching one's ability to write. Now, Twitter users will be able to add such imagery without limiting the volume of their prose. (Adweek)

In addition, Twitter is starting to test changes to the way replies work. Previously, users had to include the name of the person they were replying to, which again counted against the tweet’s character limit. With Twitter’s upcoming reply changes, users will be able to reply to a number of users without adding individual user names to the actual tweets. However, those changes won’t be widely available just yet, and Twitter is cautioning users that some of their tweets "appear to cut off" during this time of testing. (Variety)

Twitter announced these changes back in May. (Recode)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fenit Nirappil new pols reporter at Post

September 24: DC's mayors in pics

Official photographer for five DC mayors, Lateef Mangum will exhibit his work Saturday, September 24, 7:00 - 11:00 pm as part of Art All Night: Made in DC.   Mangum's photographs will be shown at Middle C Music (4530 Wisconsin Ave NW).   The exhibition, and accompanying music, is free and open to the public.

More information is available from Middle C Music owner Myrna Sislen, (202) 244-7326 or via email,

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Highlights of events taking place in Wards 7 and 8 week of Sept. 19

The September 16, 2016 DC Register Tweeted

September 19: Mendo media briefing on September 20 leg meeting


Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a Media Briefing to preview the Council's upcoming Legislative Meeting.

Monday, September 19, 2016
10:30 a.m.

John A. Wilson Building, Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004

Chairman Mendelson will hold a media briefing to discuss major actions to be taken at the Council's legislative meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Additional information is available by calling (202) 724-8032.

Unable to make it to the Wilson Building?   Watch the briefing streaming live on the council website.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Update your media list: Bruce Johnson gets a new show

From DCRTV September 16:
Bruce Johnson To Anchor 7 PMer On 9 - 9/16 - DCRTV hears that Channel 9/WUSA is launching a new news broadcast, "Off Script, With Bruce Johnson," which will replace the current 7 PM half-hour newscast. WUSA veteran Johnson will continue to co-anchor the 6 PM newscast with Leslie Foster. More soon.....

Friday, September 16, 2016

October 6: Winter Ready DC

The DC Public Service Commission is holding their first annual winter weather preparedness event Winter Ready DC Thursday, October 6, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm.   The event will be held at 1325 G St NW, Suite 800, the DCPSC office.   It will also be live streamed.

The event is a forum for stakeholders ― utilities, community leaders, consumer advocates, and District agency partners ― to learn about the government's preparedness plans and community programs as well as utility service reliability and restoration efforts, energy conservation, and low-income discount programs.

Community leaders and organization representatives are encouraged to register for Winter Ready DC.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WABA brings Marvin Gaye Park to Minnesota Avenue Sept. 16

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is building a mini Marvin Gaye Park on Minnesota Avenue NE for PARK(ing) Day... featuring greenery, a miniature trail, free coffee & muffins for passers-by, and tables for folks to gather and eat their lunch.   WABA will be joined by DDOT's Urban Forestry team.

If PARK(ing) Day 2015 was any indication, the WABA park will be a transformed, fun place to relax Friday, September 16 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm!

Anacostia Waterfront Trust celebrates PARK(ing) Day at JAWB

DC Public Service Commission is on Twitter

Monday, September 12, 2016

Highlights of events in Wards 7 and 8, week of Sept. 12

See all the events on the Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

September 27: The Responsive Communities Initiative

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society's Susan Crawford talks open government and more in the Responsive Communities Initiative session Tuesday, September 27 at Noon.   The initiative
addresses some of the most important issues of economic development, social justice, and civil liberties of our time – those prompted by Internet access. The program has three areas of research involving the Internet, data, and government: Internet Access Infrastructure, Data Governance, and Responsive Communities Leaders. Come learn about the current state of the program's research, what they hope to achieve, and how Internet access could be regulated as a utility and open government data can improve our communities. (event announcement)

Watch via webcast.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Starling stays at WJLA

From DCRTV September 1:
JLA Renews Starling's Contract - 9/1 - Channel 7/WJLA says it has renewed its contract with anchor Alison Starling (right) through 2019. She's been at WJLA since January 2004. "Alison is one of the most recognized and respected TV journalists in the Washington area," says WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob, "and we are thrilled that she will continue to be an influential leader in the ABC7 newsroom for years to come." Prior to arriving in Washington, Alison spent three years in Seattle, anchoring and reporting for KIRO-TV. The Florida native began her career as an anchor and reporter at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga.....

September 12: Martina Navrátilová at WaPo event

Martina Navrátilová will talk with Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak at the Embassy of the Czech Republic and WaPo event Monday, September 12 at 2:00 pm.   A question and answer period will follow.

RSVP by September 9.

This program is a part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2016 – Martina Navrátilová.   Visit for more information and events.

Photo: By Michal.Pohorelsky, - (, CC BY 2.5,

Racine on The Politics Hour Sept. 9

Attorney General Racine will guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show’s The Politics Hour Friday, September 9 at Noon.   Racine, Nnamdi, and Tom Sherwood will talk about police chief Cathy Lanier's statements about crime and the criminal justice system, DGS, and more.

Tune in at Noon.   Listen and watch the streaming video on The Politics Hour – September 9, 2016.

Know your MOCRS

There's been some transitions in the Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services since the beginning of the Bowser administration.   Read About MOCRS to learn who your ward reps are.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September 24: Tenant and Tenant Association Summit

The Office of the Tenant Advocate's 9th Annual Tenant and Tenant Association Summit takes place Saturday, September 24, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Gallaudent's Kellogg Conference Center.

Register for the summit; it's free.

The summit is a forum for those interested in housing and tenant issues ― tenants, tenant associations, housing attorneys and advocates, policy experts, community leaders, and District officials ― to talk about topics important to the city's tenant community.   The event will feature a plenary and workshops.   Workshop topics will include effective advocacy, federal funding for subsidized housing, housing provider petitions, rent concessions, budget and oversight processes, tenant association governance, utilities, housing and veterans, social security and long term health care insurance, renters insurance, renters 101, housing discrimination, and consumer protection.

Update your media list: Leon Harris to leave WJLA

From DCRTV September 2:
Leon Harris To Leave 7 In October - 9/2 - Leon Harris (right) is leaving Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA in October. He's been a top news anchor at the ABC affiliate 13 years, joining the station when it was owned by Allbritton. "We can't thank Leon enough for his service to our station and our community," says WJLA News Director Mitch Jacob. "He is a journalist of the highest caliber, and has been an asset in our newsroom, and he will be missed." Prior to arriving in Washington, Harris was known nationally for his 20 years at CNN's Atlanta headquarters, where he co-anchored "CNN Live Today" and "Prime News," and also hosted "CNN Presents" and "American Stories." More: Looks like a contract non-renewal. WTOP reports that Harris posted on Twitter that it was not his choice to leave the station: "13 great yrs at ABC7 are not enough, but will have to be. Thanks for the support, all! Not my choice, but it's now my challenge. Much love!".....

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Reese leads the Department on Disability Services

Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed Andrew Reese as the Director of the Department on Disability Services.   He succeeds Laura Nuss who retired earlier this year.

Learn more about Reese on the DDS website.

Friday, September 2, 2016

September 15: Briefing on African American health disparities

Join the Georgetown University DC Public Policy Initiative and the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies at the Thursday, September 15 policy briefing and lunch The State of African Americans in DC: Health Disparities.   This is the first in a series.

Event authors and experts will discuss the report The Health of the African American Community in the District of Columbia: DISPARITIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

Learn more and register.

Activities in Wards 7 and 8 Sept. 3-4

Take a look at the entire Wards 7 & 8 Community Calendar and learn how to submit events.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Free webinars in September 2016

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   36 Free Nonprofit Webinars for September 2016 includes:
  • Pave the Way for a Successful #GivingTuesday, several dates
  • 7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops), September 8
  • Moving Your Board From Good to Great, September 15
  • We hate our name...but we're afraid to change it!, September 28

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