Allan Holmes

Allan Holmes
Executive Editor,


Allan Holmes is Executive Editor at Government Executive, joining Executive Editors Tom Shoop and Anne Laurent in the senior management of the enterprise. Holmes has been CIO’s Washington Bureau Chief since 2004.
He was editor in chief of Federal Computer Week magazine and from January 2001 to August 2003, and FCW editor and managing editor prior to that. He developed, launched and managed the award-winning daily news site, During his nearly nine years at FCW, the magazine and web site won more than three dozen awards, including Folio Magazine’s Best Government Publication and first-place awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors for Best Government Coverage and Best Overall Web Publication.
Holmes also served as editorial director for events and new projects at FCW Media Group. This included running FCW’s Government CIO Summit, and managing research projects that measure the effectiveness of government management reforms, governance issues, the interaction between electronic government and the public, and other topics. In an earlier project, he oversaw an expansive joint study with the Pew Internet and American Life Project on the federal government’s increasing use of the Internet to sell goods and services to the public. Holmes has covered health care, business issues and state government, and has written for The New York Times, Time magazine, U.S. News and World Report and Government Executive. He has a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University.


Government 2.0
Location: 1A24 Level:
Allan Holmes (, Eric Gundersen (Development Seed)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
More government data is being opened up and made more accessible, but what does that really look like? This session will demo and discuss four examples of government data being used to provide valuable information to the public that previously wasn't accessible, including examples that use city government data, data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and GIS data from a UN agency. Read more.
Government 2.0
Location: 1A24 Level:
Allan Holmes (, Peter Koht (City of Santa Cruz)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Peter Koht of the City of Santa Cruz will discuss how the City is using social media to engage residents in resolving the City’s budget crisis. He will provide best practices for other cities looking to use the technology and insights to Web 2.0 vendors on the issues that local governments are dealing with and the technology they need to address these issues. Read more.
Government 2.0
Location: 1A24 Level:
Allan Holmes (, Josh Knauer (Rhiza Labs)
In under 48 hours, and working pro bono, Rhiza Labs harnessed crowds' wisdom and professionals' expertise to create a free portal that tracks the spread of H1N1 swine flu 5-6 days faster than government sources. Join Rhiza to learn how to implement fast, flexible crowdsourcing technology that makes data accessible to non-experts, scales to unexpected traffic and ensures the validity of data. Read more.
Government 2.0
Location: 1A24 Level:
Allan Holmes (, Elena Rapisardi (formez, ispro, gruppo comunale pernumia, distretto bassa padovana)
Two experiences in the field of Italian Civil Protection show how emergency management systems can be more effective when using knowledge sharing platforms and the Web 2.0 tools. The last earthquake in April 2009 revealed that participation (citizens and civil protection operators) is key to manage and cope with major disasters. Read more.
Design & UX, Government 2.0
Location: 1A24 Level:
Allan Holmes (, Michael Wallick (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
A discussion of the new scientific search interface being developed for mission data relating to the Mars Science Laboratory being develop for launch in 2011, and how it incorporates paradigms of Web 2.0, as well as other web technologies being exploited for current and future NASA mission operations. Read more.
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  • Layered Technologies, Inc.
  • Neustar, Inc.
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  • Opera Software
  • Overtone
  • Qtask
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Sony Ericsson

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