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Michael O'Brien
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Michael O'Brien is a state & local government relations expert
Michael O'Brien is a state & local government relations expert

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Check out the blog I wrote for our legislative tracking partner BillTrack50.com
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Check out the blog post I wrote for our legislative tracking software partner - BillTrack50.
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Well worth an hour and half of time.  Anyone working on procurement reform or any procurement issues should watch this discussion, then get more involved.
To really understand what happened with the botched launch of healthcare.gov, you must understand something about procurement, or the way government buys stuff. This roundtable will take on this difficult problem: "How can we make the way government buys technology compatible with the way good technology is now built - yet ensure the process is fair and people are accountable?" In effect, we have to figure out a way for government to routinely do agile technology development but also go back to the first principles of how we ensure the process is fair and competitive. 

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+Jennifer Pahlka Founder and Executive Director of Code for America
+Clay Johnson CEO of the Department of Better Technology
+Yiaway Yeh Co-Chief Innovation Officer of Nashville & Davidson County Metro Government
+Alissa Black Investment Principal at Omidyar Network
+Matt Chandler Director of Acquisition Policy at Palantir
+Ben Berkowitz , CEO & Founder of SeeClickFix
+Alexander Howard, Columnist at TechRepublic & Founder of "E Pluribus Unum" blog

Learn More: http://reinventors.net/roundtables/reinvent-government-procurement
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How is Rap Genius changing the way Americans are looking at U.S. regulatory changes?  And can state and local government follow?
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Many states are moving ahead legalizing and writing rules for equity crowdfunding.  What is your state doing?
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Honored to serve on the SE Advisory Board for the Emerging Local Government Leaders Network.  ELGL is a new group but it is pulling in the best and brightest in local government.
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Every state needs to pass a law like this. Our veterans have sacrificed and often risked their lives to serve this country. This is the least we can do for them.
Excited that my bill providing In-State Tuition For All Veterans was voted through unanimously in in the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

The bill is now headed to the general Appropriations Committee before it gets a full vote on the Senate floor.

The measure would give honorably discharged military veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and the reserves in-state tuition at all state colleges and universities. This bill represents the continuing commitment by Florida to our military veterans, and also embodies a promise I made when I first ran for public office to promote and support our Florida Veterans.
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