E-Government

Issues relating to government use of IT.

The E-Gov Act at 10: A Discussion of the Past, Present and Future of Federal E-Government

December 17, 2012 - 9:00am - 11:15am
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On December 17, 2002, Congress passed the E-Government Act to create a framework for federal agencies to better deliver services to citizens using IT and the Internet. Since then federal agencies have invested billions of dollars in IT systems to modernize government services, improve productivity, and make government more open.

The E-Gov Act at 10: A Discussion of the Past, Present and Future of Federal E-Government

December 17, 2012
Reflection on the history of e-government, its current state, and how it can be improved over the next ten years.

On December 17, 2002, Congress passed the E-Government Act to create a framework for federal agencies to better deliver services to citizens using IT and the Internet. Since then federal agencies have invested billions of dollars in IT systems to modernize government services, improve productivity, and make government more open. But along with these huge successes, these investments have also brought challenges including cybersecurity threats, privacy concerns, and projects that have gone over budget. Read more »

50 Ideas for More Accessible Elections

October 31, 2012
| Reports

This report highlights fifty ideas, both big and small, to improve the accessibility of elections. Some of these ideas have already been implemented in a few elections and represent emerging best practices; others are still in the early design phase. These ideas can help spur others to continue to innovate and pursue new ways of making elections more accessible for all Americans.

ITIF Releases “50 Ideas to Make Voting More Accessible”

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2012) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) today released a report detailing fifty actionable ideas to make voting more accessible for all Americans, including voters with disabilities. Read more »

Rob Atkinson on Federal News Radio "In Depth"

October 26, 2012
It's important to change the federal government to innovate.

Rob Atkinson on Federal News Radio's In Depth talks about the need to innovate in the federal government based on an op-ed he wrote for NextGov.

GSA's Innovation Aspirations

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GSA also has offices dealing with government wide policy and citizen services. The agency is built for bureaucracy, he said. It needs to break down its own walls—which will be a radical change that tests the agency’s fortitude, he said.

Regulations Are Killing Innovation in Government

October 16, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

While it might make sense to retain some rules, such as those to protect whistleblowers, many of the regulations seem unnecessary. Some regulations are thinly-veiled attempts to set social policy. Why should government have a different policy than the private sector? And notably, many of the rules are designed to benefit specific groups, such as small business, women, minorities or veterans, which increases federal costs. This may be a sledgehammer when what we need is a scalpel. Or maybe acquisition rules, civil service protections and other regulations have grown too unwieldy for the knife and only radical surgery can restore effectiveness. Either way, given the huge costs involved, policymakers should give more thought to creating a more flexible government bureaucracy.

Winning the Race 2012 Memos

September 5, 2012
| Reports

As the 2012 presidential campaign moves in the final stage, ITIF is presenting general principles and specific recommendation ideas across several policy areas we believe the next President and Congress should adopt to restore U.S. global competiveness and prosperity.

As chronicled in Innovation Economic: The Race for Global Advantage, the United States is losing its once formidable edge as an innovator. Many other nations are putting in place better tax, talent, technology and trade policies, and reaping the rewards in terms of faster growth, more jobs, and faster income growth. It’s not too late for the United States to regain its lead but it will need to act boldly and with resolve.

Week by week until the November election, the Winning the Race series will put forward creative yet pragmatic ideas in policies affecting taxes, trade, education, broadband, the digital economy, clean energy, science and technology and other areas. Taken as a whole, the series represents a new Innovation Consensus to replace the outdated Washington Consensus.

Memo One (September 3, 2012): Boosting Innovation, Competitiveness, and Productivity

Memo Two (September 10, 2012): Trade and Globalization

Memo Three (September 17, 2012): Corporate Tax

Memo Four (September 24, 2012): Digital Communication Networks

Memo Five (October 1, 2012): Traded Sector Industries

Memo Six (October 9, 2012): Digital Economy

Memo Seven (October 15, 2012): STEM Skills

Memo Eight (October 22, 2012): Clean Energy

Memo Nine (October 29, 2012): Science and Technology

Memo Ten (November 5, 2012): Overcoming the Barriers 

Complete List of Policy Recommendations: Top Policy Recommendations for the Obama Administration to Help the United States Win the Race for Global Advantage

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