Our country reached a point of no return last week and those responsible must be held to account

January 6, 2021 — a day that will live in infamy.

On January 6th, 2021 the American Republic saw an entire political party cross the Rubicon — we may no longer claim that there was a “peaceful transfer of power” between our 45th and 46th Presidents. The failed attempt at an armed-takeover of a branch of U.S. …


Disrespect for military and public service has no place in American leadership. And it’s time we resoundingly said so at the ballot box.

John William May’s grave-site, Highland Cemetery, Stonewall, Oklahoma.

Hey there. Have a seat. I want to show you something special.

These are photos of my grandfathers, Bob and Bill. Both of them World War II veterans. My paternal grandpa, Robert Francis (Bob) Pickens, and my maternal grandpa, John William (Bill) May, fought in the European theater.


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I had the privilege of helping elect a U.S. president and serving my country over eight years of some of the hardest but most fulfilling work I’ve ever done. Through an economic recovery effort, the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and unprecedented expansion…


We are Urging a “Yes” Vote on State Question 802

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All Oklahomans deserve affordable healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a spotlight on a problem we’ve been experiencing for a while in rural America: lack of health insurance and underinsurance are difficult for rural facilities to overcome. …


No one is coming to save our country — it’s up to us — together.

Dear friends, family, and colleagues,

All of you know me and believes that government can be a positive impact in people’s live if that government is in the hands of people who share these values. I will testify that we did our dead-level best…


Government options to help small businesses keep America running during COVID-19 slowdowns.

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As a proud alum of the , I got to see up close and personal the direct impact that a small but mighty government agency can have advocating for and supporting American small business during tough economic times. …


How to be productive when social distancing is imperative

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With the widespread quarantining and , telework systems and virtual teams are facing their largest stress-test in a long time. Here’s my tips on how to embrace the remote worker lifestyle and be just as productive as ever.

Working in technology — especially working…


A Primer on the Presidential Records Act

President Barack Obama takes notes during a video conference with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan in the Situation Room
President Barack Obama takes notes during a video conference with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 22, 2014. ( by Pete Souza)

As the country grapples with the hyperpartisan struggle over the impeachment and acquittal of Donald J. Trump, it’s worth reflecting on an arcane bit of legal history that could have wide-ranging implications that continue to echo long after these current questions are decided: the (PRA).


It’s a marathon, not a sprint — prepare now for a great experience.

2019 is our 7th Dreamforce! It is an amazing time of camaraderie with thousands of other Salesforce geeks, valuable time interacting with clients and stakeholders, an exciting look ahead at what Salesforce is planning for the upcoming year, and a fun time with crazy side-quests like Dreamfest and keynotes by…


As we celebrate Pride 2019 and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, the importance of being visible advocates and allies for our communities matters now more than ever.

PS-Sorry for embarrassing my brother with this ancient photo.

As you can probably imagine, growing up in rural Southeastern Oklahoma in the 1980’s — even with an amazing, loving family — I lacked any strong gay male role models. I vividly remember stories, jokes, asides, and exclamations from my childhood that established a strong sense of other, of difference…

Rusty D. Pickens

#Geek using my powers of technology for better government. Founder of @580Strategies - Former @ObamaWhiteHouse and @StateDept

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