Issues relating to government use of IT.

FITARA: A Good Start, but Still Unfinished Business

The federal government’s ability to keep up with innovation has lagged behind due to its outdated IT procurement policies, says Alan McQuinn.

How Governments Can Leverage the Internet to Improve Services for Citizens

December 3, 2014
| Presentations

Daniel Castro spoke on a panel at the seventh China U.S. Internet Industry Forum in Washington D.C. to discuss how governments can leverage the Internet to improve services for citizens.

Panel: U.S. Lags on 'E-Government'

The U.S. is falling behind other countries in bringing government into the age of the Internet.

How FITARA Can Help Federal Agencies With Their IT Problem

July 14, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Our federal government has long been plagued by wasteful, duplicative IT investments. Now several lawmakers are trying to fix that problem. The proposed bill, FITARA, can help our federal government adapt to changing technologies, cut waste, and compete with the private sector for IT jobs.

Time for E-government to Fulfill the Promise of Cutting Costs

May 15, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Information technology, including cloud computing, data analytics, kiosks and mobile apps, now gives government agencies the tools to significantly boost productivity and lower the costs of their operations. The real question is whether they will take advantage of it. 

Innovations in Elections: Making Voting Accessible for Everyone

May 14, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
First Amendment Room at the National Press Club
529 14th St NW
13th Floor Ballroom

Voting is an important activity for citizens in any democracy, but when elections are not accessible for people with disabilities, as many as 20 percent of potential U.S. voters—47 million individuals—face barriers to voting. While elections are more accessible today than in years past, more progress is needed. Advances in technology have created new opportunities for innovation in elections. Read more »

Innovations For Accessible Elections

May 14, 2014
| Reports

In 2011, ITIF received a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to help make elections more accessible for people with disabilities. ITIF worked with research teams across the country to assess the current state of accessibility in elections, identify where technology has not lived up to its potential, and build innovative solutions to meet voters’ needs.

We reviewed every part of the election process, from registering to vote to casting a ballot. Our goal was to discover innovative ideas for elections that are:

  • Universal, so everyone can use the same technology
  • Flexible, allowing for differences in voter needs, election procedures, and state laws
  • Robust, based on best practices and able to keep up with technological change

In addition to launching focused research projects to make improvements in voting system hardware, user interfaces, ballot designs, voter education materials, and poll worker training, we also created an open, collaborative process that would allow anyone to contribute ideas. In the end, we designed, built, and tested a number of innovative solutions to help bring us closer to the day when all citizens, with or without a disability, can vote privately, securely, and independently. This report catalogs some of these achievements.

Innovations in Elections: Making Voting Accessible for Everyone

Efficiency of Government Operations Leads to Savings

A 15 percent improvement in the efficiency of federal government operations could save taxpayers over $1.3 trillion over the next decade.

Outdated IT Contracting Rules Added to HealthCare.gov Woes?

Jobs Forum Panelists Call for Revolutionizing Delaware's Workforce
The current federal IT process is largely broken and HealthCare.gov is simply the newest reminder of that dysfunction, says Robert Atkinson.
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