Brits promote motorcycle riding with leather and latex

May 31, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Source: RidetoworkdayUK

Apart from the fun element, I learned from this video that bike riders (in UK??) save an average of 306 hours annually off their commutes.. So, what will you do with so much free time? :lol: Oh, and the Ride To Work Day in UK is June 18th.. Are you ready to don the leather & latex?

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Job Alert: Director of Marketing and Business Development (Transportation) @ NIC, Inc. – Arlington, VA

May 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

NIC, the leading provider of eGovernment services, is seeking a dynamic individual to assist with growing NIC’s business with the federal government. We are looking for someone who can develop and implement effective business development plans, identify new business opportunities and cultivate, influence and win new business with federal government agencies.

Director of Marketing and Business Development

This position designs, executes and manages development of federal information technology business opportunities for NIC. This person will be part of the NIC federal management team. The most qualified candidates will have experience with Internet/technology, marketing and public relations, federal business development and the candidate will have exceptional communication skills. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, organized, able to balance multiple priorities simultaneously, skilled at developing client relationships and be comfortable serving as a company spokesperson and representative at industry and government events.. Prior work experience with US Congress or a federal government agency is desired. This position will have significant growth opportunity depending upon the skills, experience, and initiative of the individual.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with identifying and developing federal business opportunities
  • Develop ongoing relationships with federal government agencies. Prepare federal government procurement responses
  • Monitor agency rulemaking and procurement for potential business opportunities
  • Monitor Congressional activity and provide summary reports on hearings, new and existing legislation, etc.
  • Interact with business development consultants such as lobbyists, assisting with development and execution of strategies to advance business development goals
  • Draft strategic business development plans in collaboration with the federal government business development team.   Track and report progress relative to plan.
  • Understand and follow trends in federal government information technology service delivery, contracting and oversight
  • Participate in business strategy, planning, budgeting as part of management team
  • Work closely with team members to coordinate resources, priorities, and projects
  • Provide information on day-to-day functions to the General Manager of federal business development
  • Ensure quality and timeliness of marketing, business development and reporting deliverables, including compliance with established company process and standards
  • Oversee and enhance business development process, including document templates and marketing materials, to ensure effective, professional presentation
  • Oversee relationships with partner companies, allied organizations & trade associations
  • Oversee customer relationship management (CRM) software; generate reports from the software
  • Develop strategies to generate/increase awareness of eGovernment services in the federal government marketplace
  • Meet with agencies to discuss existing services, potential projects, and projects in development; understand and document opportunities and next steps
  • Conduct demonstrations of new eGovernment applications, attend trade shows and conferences to display applications
  • Give public presentations on eGovernment to agencies and user-groups
  • Write award nominations, white papers, and other reports as requested by General Manager
  • Participate in events to help promote NIC
  • Manage the development of print and online marketing materials, newsletters, press releases, and articles
  • Conduct regular meetings with the federal government business development team on status of completed and ongoing projects and assist with priorities, decision-making
  • Develop agency contractual agreements and fee attachments
  • Provide guidance, training, feedback, performance evaluations, team-building and leadership; assist with interviewing and hiring
  • Serve as manager to junior federal business development resources

Job Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Minimum of five years’ job related experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including verbal and written abilities, editing and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with technology/Web/eCommerce projects
  • Experience developing creative, economical and targeted marketing strategies
  • Strong leadership, organizational, prioritization, and supervisory skills
  • Attention to detail and commitment to quality
  • Self-motivated
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Experience with business development with federal agencies is beneficial
  • Experience working in federal government agencies or Congressional offices is beneficial


  • Competitive compensation program
  • No-cost group medical/dental
  • Paid vacation/holidays
  • Stock purchase plan
  • Matching 401(k) contributions with 100% vesting
  • Disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Company wellness program
  • Casual and fun office environment


$80k – $100k depending upon experience

This is a great opportunity to join a successful company at the management level, with opportunity for growth. Please send a copy of your resume along with a cover letter to my address ( and I’ll get you a quick response.

NIC is an equal opportunity employer

Job Alert: Director, Office of Freight Management and Operations @ U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration

May 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm

(via NTOC)

This position will be open from Thursday, May 31, 2012 to Friday, June 29, 2012. For complete information and to apply, click on the link below.

Job Title: Director, Office of Freight Management and Operations
Department: Department Of Transportation
Agency: Federal Highway Administration
Job Announcement Number: FHWA.SES-2012-0015

Come on board with us and take a journey that will challenge your mind and develop your career. The quality of our lives, the shape of our communities and the productivity of our Nation’s economy depend on our transportation systems. We recognize and value the importance of our workforce and the diversity of backgrounds and ideas that each employee brings. The U.S. Department of Transportation: Careers in Motion.

The Director, Office of Freight Management and Operations, is responsible for developing and administering nationwide surface transportation programs, policies, and regulations designed to enhance the safety, efficiency, productivity and security of freight operations.

The SES Office Director provides executive leadership and direction on issues relating to the highway freight industry.  Leads the development of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) intermodal goods movement vision, mission, strategies and policy direction.  Represents the FHWA in national and international freight industry forums, facilitates and supports the development of coalitions among shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, and public agencies to improve freight operations.  In collaboration with transportation stakeholders, leads the development of partnerships, networks, associations, and agreements to develop efficient freight operations on high speed, multi-state trade/transportation corridors, and at key intermodal connectors.  Directs the development of metrics for freight productivity; directs a program of data collection in cooperation with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and other Federal agencies and leads analysis to assess goods movement trends and needs; leads the development of an intermodal freight research agenda, including the application of intelligent transportation system technologies; builds a professional capacity building program, and directs the review of state certification of compliance with truck size and weight regulations.

Infograph – When the Radio Met the Car: Tracing the 82-Year Evolution That Rocked Your Dashboard

May 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

(source: CBSnews)

Car radio history infographic

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Wheels of the future: This awesome infograph highlights the next wave of vehicle technologies to hit your car

May 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

(Source: Symphony Services via

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Exposed: Thailand Jet Ski Scam Caught on Tape! Moral of the Story: Do not rent jet skis if you are visiting Thailand

May 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

The Thai government now has a serious problem and should jump in immediately before the country’s image takes a further in the minds of the foreign visitors. Hate it when the police are corrupt like this..

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Infograph: The Evolution of Motorcycle Safety (in Britain)

May 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

(Source: Newsilike)

This neat infograph showcases the progress and milestones achieved in Motorcycle safety in Britain over the years..  and today I learned that Motorcycles are excluded from London’s congestion charging..

The Evolution of Motorcycle Safety

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Someone Show This To U.S. Politicians, Please! The 2012 National Traffic Signal Report Emphasizes the Need for Strategic Investments

May 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

(Source: NTOC)

The latest national traffic signal assessment conducted by the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC), a group of transportation associations, shows that gradual but steady progress is being made on the management and operation of traffic signals despite continued funding challenges. NTOC today released the 2012 National Traffic Signal Report Card with a grade of 69, equivalent to a D+ letter grade, based upon the assessment. The 2012 score is a modest four point improvement over the 2007 result of a D letter grade (65). The effort to improve the Nation’s traffic signal systems is driven by benefits such as reduced fuel consumption and congestion mitigation. Grading themselves in five areas, 241 respondents, representing approximately 39 percent of all traffic signals in the United States, completed the self assessment. The complete grades are as follows:

2012 Traffic Signal Report Card Results

The 2012 National Traffic Signal Report Card shows that while there is still much work to be done, many jurisdictions have used objectives-based approaches that result in improvements to their management and operations of traffic signals. The 2012 National Traffic Signal Report Card Technical Report and Executive Summary can be found at

“Now you see it. Now you don’t.” — Brilliant drunk-driving advisory poster by Fiat in Brazil

May 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Brilliant stuff.. FIAT is getting super creative lately with their messaging.. (Correction: The title wrongly noted the origin as Portugal but actually it is from Brazil, where they speak Portuguese).

Image Courtesy: via Reddit

Affirmation via Infograph – Long commutes are deadly; cutting 20mins of your commute cuts heart attack risk by 300%

May 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

(Source: Collegeathome via LifeHacker)

This data-laden infograph shows some scary stat.. Good news is that shortening your commute by 20 minutes might lower your risk of neck and back pain by 14%, obesity by 20%, and heart attack by 300% . Now if you will excuse me, I’ve to go find a job near my home or find a home near my job.

Image Courtesy: Collegeathome via LifeHacker