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Featured Member of the Month

Dave Hebert

leads internal and audio-visual communication at the U.S. Geological Survey, including strategy, messaging, policy, standards, and tactics. His job is to help USGS leadership and employees connect with each other through open and useful channels of communication, and to help the USGS use video, audio, and graphic design to convey its mission to internal and external audiences. He’s been with the USGS since 2003, and has also co-chaired the Federal Communicators Network and is a senior fellow in the Partnership for Public Service's Excellence in Government program.

The USGS is the Nation’s largest earth science agency and provides information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

Be sure to read Dave's post, "2015: The Year of No Excuses," on NAGC's Adventures in Government Communications here.

Make volunteering one of your New Year's resolutions!


Learn how you can “Get Involved” with one of the many committees that support the communication needs of government employees. Click here to volunteer.


Happy Hour

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 5:00-7:00 pm


Mio’s Restaurant
1110 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Hosted by the National Association of Government Communicators.
Special Opportunity to meet the NAGC Board of Directors,
who will all be in town for the annual board retreat.

A look back as we look ahead to 2015

A retrospective from NAGC President John Verrico


Six months ago, when I took the oath of office as president of the National Association of Government Communicators, I promised to work toward the betterment of the government communication professions. When I first learned of the existence of NAGC nearly 10 years ago, I immediately saw the benefit of being part of such an organization where I could network with and learn from my fellow professionals, and also to share some of the things I experienced in my own career.

Perhaps I found this so valuable because of my prior experience as a military public affairs specialist. For my entire 9+ years on active duty and my first Navy Reserve assignment, I was the only public affairs professional for my organization. I did not work with another person in my career field, had no one to ask for advice when faced with a challenging issue, and had nothing to measure my performance against. I had no idea if I was doing things correctly, if I could improve what I was doing, or if I was making major mistakes. It was nearly 12 years before I worked in a Navy organization that had more than a one-person public affairs shop. My first civilian public affairs position was with state government in Maryland, and even though there was a small communications team, I had an independent duty assignment in a field office for the first couple of years. read more

Call for Speakers
NAGC 2015 Communications School

June 2-4, 2015
Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee

Reserve exhibit space now: Exhibitors Prospectus & Floorplan

Call for Speakers: NAGC is looking for half-day pre-conference training workshops, plenary speakers and 60-minute breakout session presentations for the 2015 Communications School. NAGC will continue to consider speaker applications until the program is filled.Downloads: Call for Speakers | Speaker Information Form

Call for Entries: NAGC 2015 Blue Pencil& Gold Screen Awards Competition
Download the Call for Entries Brochure

Final Submission Deadline: extended to Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Be recognized! Enter your product in the NAGC 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition. This annual international awards program recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them. We continue to listen to feedback from our industry to ensure that our categories reflect the changing face of communications.


Call for Nominations: NAGC 2015 Communicator of the Year

Downloads: Call for Nominations | Official Nomination Form

Nominations Deadline: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Nominations are now open for the National Association of Government Communicator’s most prestigious award: “Communicator of the Year.” Eligible nominees must have communicated the message for a government entity’s project/incident during the 2014 calendar year. Find out more.

Call for Judges: 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition

Download the Call for 2015 Award Judges and Judges Application Form

Judges Application Deadline Extended to: Jan. 15, 2015

Picture yourself as a judge for the NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards! Judging is an honor and a benefit. Find out why.