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Steve Ressler
Steve Ressler is the Founder and President of, the "Facebook for Government" that connects and fosters collaboration among more than 32,500 members of the government community. On GovLoop, members use social media such as blogs, videos, and forums to discuss best practices and share ideas on improving government.

Mr. Ressler has won the 2010 GovTech Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers Award, the 2007 and 2009 Federal 100 Award, the 2009 AFCEA Bethesda Social Media Award, and was a finalist for the 2009 ACT/IAC Intergovernmental Solutions Award.

Mr. Ressler is also the co-founder of Young Government Leaders (YGL), a professional organization of over 2,000 government employees across the U.S.

He is a Master’s graduate from the University of Pennsylvania where he received the Department of Homeland Security Fellowship.

Entries by Steve Ressler

Dear Federal Employees, You Are All Essential in My Book

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 9:21 AM

I wish reporters and pundits focused on the commitment and work of government officials instead of describing the shutdown in numerical and political terms.

As Americans, we need to promote the role public servants play in keeping society together. We need to give them personalities and responsibilities instead of...

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Government's Going Virtual: The Transition From In-person to Online Events and Training

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Everything is happening virtually these days. Courses, career fairs, conferences and even concerts are increasingly conducted online, educating and entertaining global audiences. While television has to some degree played this role for the past several decades, what makes this trend noteworthy is that it's happening on the web.


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Despite Sequestration, Government's Still Hiring. So How Do We Help People Get Hired?

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:22 PM

Is government still hiring? The short answer is "Yes."

Last week I was quoted in an article that appeared here on the Huffington Post in which the author indicated that "nearly 2,200 job listings available to the public were posted on, the federal government's recruiting site. Add...

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Disappointed With Government? Pump Up the Pipeline

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 2:41 PM

It's election season, and now more than ever we find ourselves embroiled in a national debate about the role of government - whether it's too big or too small, what services it should or shouldn't be providing, and how we're going to control spending and decrease the deficit. Add a...

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Local Governments Do Not 'Like' Facebook's New Page Name Policy

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 3:01 PM

Originally posted at GovLoop, the leading knowledge network connecting 60,000 public sector professionals.

The City of Olathe, KS, along with many other cities around the world, is facing a Facebook dilemma. The popular social media site is cracking down on their page management policy, and according to their...

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The Evolving Role of the Federal CIO

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 10:20 PM

It seems like talk about cloud computing is inescapable for even the average citizen these days. But what about those people whose jobs are inextricably woven into the cloud? Malcolm Jackson, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently sat down with Chris Dorobek on...

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How Is the Government Communications Office Changing?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 3:22 PM

As the nature of our media shifts, the nature of our communications offices will be forced to shift as well.

Recently, GovLoop member Dave Hebert asked the community: "What will the future of government communications look like?" Even though he leads internal communications at his...

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TSA Mission: Impossible? Insight From Former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley

(4) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 3:00 PM

As we head into a holiday weekend in which millions of travelers are expected to take to the skies across the U.S., it's hard to fathom the task at hand for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA): keep travelers safe without causing long, annoying lines and bringing holiday travel to a...

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Pinterest's Potential to Inspire Public Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 5:43 PM

When you think of Pinterest, your initial perception might be people planning their future weddings, posting their perfect wardrobes and pinning up their dream homes.

But is there a place on this social network for government? The answer is yes, according to many GovLoop community members.

Digital Marketing Coordinator Mike...

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Feds Express Appreciation for Attrition

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 1:45 PM

With Baby Boomers exiting the workforce and budgets becoming increasingly strained, there will continue to be a high level of employee turnover in every sector, and government is no exception.

High attrition rates are often considered negative indicators for an agency's health, but last week GovLoop blogger Doris Tirone

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A Parent's Predicament: Does Winning at Work Mean Losing at Home?

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 4:17 PM

New parents are often thrilled and excited during the first weeks of parenthood, but once the maternity and paternity leave runs out, there can be some disconcerting decisions -- especially when it comes to going back to work. With American mores changing, both mothers and fathers now have to deal...

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"Linsanity" -- Three Leadership Lessons Learned From Jeremy Lin

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 12:01 PM

If you were to ask someone off the street "Who is Jeremy Lin?" a couple of weeks ago, chances are they would have no idea who you were talking about. Now this New York Knicks basketball player is an instant NBA legend, and fans and non-fans alike have gone "Linsane"...

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Giving All Government Employees Term Limits?

(6) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 12:41 PM

Job security for political figures is never longer than six years and sometimes it's as short as two. As taxpayers and voters, you and I decide whether or not our elected officials remain employed.

Should other government employees on the public roll have a similar period of performance review?

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Teaching Federal Managers to Tackle Tough Conversations

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 3:22 PM

If you're worried about rocking the boat at work, fear not. You might be doing yourself more harm than good by keeping quiet.

Federal managers have to deal with many obstacles on a daily basis, but none is quite as unpleasant as conducting an uncomfortable conversation with a boss....

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More Than Fans, Followers and Likes: Measuring Social Media in Local Government

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 2:31 PM

"I have a Facebook page, why isn't it working?"

Emily Landsman, founder of Red Boot Media has been asked this question several times over the past two years as she's worked with various local governments and other public officials.

"Well, that depends on how you want it to...

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Amid Portal Problems, USAJOBS Turns Frustration to Friendship With Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 2:54 PM

When USAJOBS -- the online portal for federal jobs -- shut down for a few days in October to launch it's new website, government job seekers and recruiters had high expectations for the potential features and functionality. With fresh updates that included the ability to upload several resumes, determine an...

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Is It Time to Turn Government Over to Gen Y?

(5) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 2:12 PM

What if Congress' super committee was run by a bunch of 20-somethings instead of 12 seasoned politicians?

Of course that would never happen, but it might be kind of refreshing. Last week in a CNN editorial, Laura Sessions Stepp lamented that the current debt crisis might have been solved...

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Biggest Debt Deal Losers: Public Servants and the American People

(22) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 4:08 PM

In the wake of last week's eleventh hour debt deal, government workers have been left wondering what will become of their jobs in this new age of austerity. While the agreement forged between Congress and the White House does not include specific cuts, many suspect that retirement...

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Are Government Employees Giving 100 Percent?

(10) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 3:41 PM

Television and film have been satirizing the workplace culture for years, but few capture the essence of employee malaise better than "Office Space." The 1999 movie is about disgruntled IT workers in the midst of a downsizing initiative, but the frustration echoed by main character Peter Gibbons could...

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Minnesota Shutdown: Rising Costs and Growing Frustration

(426) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 5:33 PM

This is a guest post written by Alicia Mazzara

Last Friday, the lights went dark in countless Minnesota state government offices, but not because workers were taking off early for the Fourth of July weekend. After months of tense negotiations, Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican-led Minnesota legislature

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