Drupal for State and Federal Agencies / Government

Holla! I’m really excited and somewhat perplexed that no Drupalista started a group to focus on Drupal for State and Federal agencies / Government. Now that this group has been approved, I’m super excited to meet fellow Drup’s who are deploying Drupal at the State and Federal level!

First and foremost, if you are looking to deploy Drupal at a local / municipal level, you should check out http://groups.drupal.org/local-government .

Otherwise, let me provide a bit of background on why I decided to form this group. After three years, I once again find myself at the New York State Senate. Unlike last time, I now work for the Senate Majority Leader Malcom A. Smith and in the office of the CIO (aka Andrew Hoppin of Civicspace and Trellon fame). My first task, as the office’s inhouse technologist/druaplista, is it to work with an outside vendor to convert our preexisting site into Drupal. As we are less than a month from deployment, I wanted to find other Drupalistas who are working within State / Federal organizations to discuss best practices, collaborative development and shared resources.

When you join this group, please state why you’re here and introduce yourself to the rest of the community.

Btw, what do you think of the hash/tag #Drupal4gov?

ps – please don’t judge me for also being a tumblr user. can’t we all just get along?

The New York State Forum is a network of state and local government organizations and information technology leaders and professionals concerned with information management, policy, and operations.

Information is a vital resource for New York state and local government. Government organizations have widely adopted information technologies to improve their abilities to meet their responsibilities. These technologies, the information they process, and the people who use and manage them are essential components of modern government. Together they support a wide variety of public services, contribute to economic health and development, help to manage the state’s physical infrastructure and the natural environment, and foster educational and cultural development. Public managers in New York State have become increasingly aware of a need to articulate information policies and to improve the management of information resources which support state operations. The NYS Forum is a unique mechanism that supports the ongoing exchange of professional and managerial knowledge and experiences, and coordinates efforts in support of state technology program priorities.