The federal workforce is interested and motivated in the latest technology trends; presentations on Web 2.0 technologies are consistently popular among feds. And feds want to stay relevant by gaining experience with these technologies, but they are hampered by misguided management decisions.
The Council for Excellence in Government recently found that these kind of restrictions, "the system of rules and regulations crafted on the assumption—unique to government—that people will do the wrong thing unless closely regulated," contribute to job dissatisfaction among federal employees. No one wants to work for a boss who assumes she is irresponsible.
Executives may be concerned about employee productivity or bandwidth usage at work, but as the founder of Wikipedia said: We ought to "wait until we see the bad behavior" before we "put everybody inside a cage." Doing otherwise "makes a bad society."