The Organizational Imperative for Our Nation’s Cybersecurity

An Organizational Model for Protecting the Public from Cybercrime

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Our Government’s Cybersecurity Plan: Too Little Too Late?

Why Our Current Cybersecurity Strategies Are Destined to Fail Us

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Cybercrime, the Next Pandemic?

The Colonial Pipeline Shutdown and What it Foreshadows

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Accountability for All of Us (Continued)

This is Civic Way’s third commentary on the January 6th Capitol Coup and the nation’s need for accountability. The first commentary made the argument for holding individual politicians accountable. The second commentary called for collective accountability for the pandemic and inequity. This commentary demands accountability for assaults on truth and democracy. The author, Bob Melville, is…

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Accountability for All of Us

This is Civic Way’s second commentary on the January 6th Capitol Coup and the nation’s need for accountability and healing. The first commentary focused on the need for holding individual politicians accountable. This commentary addresses the need for collective accountability. The author, Bob Melville, is the founder of Civic Way, a nonprofit dedicated to good government,…

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Accountability – The Path to a Brighter Future

This is Civic Way’s commentary on the January 6th Capitol Coup and the nation’s need for accountability and healing. The author, Bob Melville, is the founder of Civic Way, a nonprofit dedicated to good government, and a management consultant with over 45 years of experience improving public agencies throughout the US. 

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Our View of Transparency in Government

Defining the Challenge Politicians often talk about transparency without explaining or even knowing what it means. Some invoke it to justify their course or lack of action, even cloaking self-interest with cynical appeals to the public interest. To hold public officials accountable, we need a clear standard for transparency, one that fits the new technological and…

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Our View of Accountability in Government

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic is the classic “teaching moment.” The Trump Administration stumbles from denial to fantasy, altering messages, picking weird fights and dodging responsibility. States respond differently, often based on political factors. And localities, in lieu of cohesive, consistent federal and state leadership, are forced to rely on their instincts and strained resources to…

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More Thoughts on Accountability in Government

Overview Transparency is one of the cornerstones of government accountability. It reinforces every form of accountability set forth in our recommended government accountability framework—political, organizational, professional, legal, civic and external. However, its frequent repetition as a political platitude has converted it from a vital principle to a meaningless cliché. The time has come to redefine…

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Our View of Accountability in Government

Introduction Government accountability. In poll after poll, citizens insist that those who govern us also be accountable to us. In our own lives, as students, employees, friends and family members, we accept responsibility and accountability. We understand that, with responsibility, comes an obligation to explain our conduct, face consequences, justify decisions and suffer reprisals. In…

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