Promoting Innovation and Collaboration in Government with Google Apps

I am pleased to announce the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) has implemented Google Apps for Government.  To build a 21st century agency, we need 21st century technology. To that end, ACUS has recently developed a new website designed to engage the public and solicit ideas from citizens across the county, using video, social media tools, and more.

We have integrated Google Calendar into our site to make information about our public meetings readily accessible. ACUS has recently launched a collaborative workspace for Members and staff using Google Apps for Government to share documents, calendars and websites. We chose Google Apps because of its intuitive, easy-to-use interface. What’s more, Google Apps’ FISMA certification and accreditation gave us confidence it could meet our security needs. Bringing together multiple perspectives and a wide variety of ideas in order to arrive at the best solutions is another key to our success.

The Conference itself includes representatives from 50 federal executive departments, agencies, and independent regulatory boards and commissions, as well as 40 members of the public. We also have a nimble team of 15 staff, who bring their own innovative ideas to our mission. We’re excited to be delivering new ideas for how to improve government efficiency and to make government less intrusive and costly. The collaboration capabilities from Google Apps will allow us to be a model of effectiveness for those we hope to help.

Paul R. Verkuil

Chairman