Federal Knowledge Management Working Group

The Federal Knowledge Management Working Group consists of over 700 Federal employees, contractors, academicians and interested members of the public who have mounted a campaign to enhance collaboration, knowledge and learning in the Federal Government by implementing formal knowledge management.

Neil Olonoff, who is the leader for the initiative looking at the formation of a Chief Knowledge Officer for the federal government, sent me note about this impressive initiative.

Mission: Inform and support federal government departments, agencies, organizations, and their constituencies in the research, development, identification, and implementation of knowledge management (KM) activities, practices, lessons learned, and technologies. To accomplish this mission, the Federal KMWG will mobilize and leverage thought leaders and KM practitioners from government, quasi-government, academia, non-government, nonprofit, and the private sector around the globe.

They have already putting together a tremendous wiki full of information at KM.gov (which redirects to http://wiki.nasa.gov/cm/wiki/?id=1926).

I recommend taking a look at the PowerPoint presentation they posted on knowledge management is important to the federal government: Federal Knowledge Management Initiative (PPT). There are some great ideas that are can be reused for your organization.


Jeanne Holm is the elected chair of the Federal Management Working Group. In the original post, I had identified Neil Olonoff as the holder of that position. Jeanne sent me a nice note with the clarification. You can reach Jeanne on Twitter @Jeanne_JPL.


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2 Responses to Federal Knowledge Management Working Group

  1. Johnny Johannsen March 10, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Compliance initiatives are indeed taking a seat at the forefront of corporations these days. The increasing occurence of ‘mega fines’ has highlighted the heightened need for compliance initiatives and oversight/risk management as desperate times lead to desperate deeds.

    Many companies find it difficult to handle their risk, compliance, and governance (GRC) initiatives properly. If these GRC programs are not handled and managed properly then they can often be a complete waste of money. My company uses Process Management software to handle our GRC initiatives. The program allows you to map your processes and associate risks, compliance controls, and governance controls directly to each process activity. The entire program is build around one central repository for everything from company processes to documents and spreadsheets.

    I’d suggest taking a look at the attached literature, it is a very useful program – they even have a 100% free bpmn modeler plug-in for microsoft visio.


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