Governments are generally the largest purchaser within a country, often spending tens of billions of dollars. Not all this spending is paper clips and copy paper. In fact, it represents a great opportunity to stoke innovation. In this analysis, ITIF argues that government policymakers should think strategically about procurement, taking innovation into account when buying goods and services. Innovation policy is often articulated from a supply-side perspective (R&D and corporate tax credits, worker training programs, public-private partnership grants, etc.), but public procurement contracts are a key mechanism for boosting domestic demand for innovation.
Spur Job Growth By Making Business Registration Easier
The Small Business Administration should redesign Business.gov and undertake a strategic design review of the federal and state small business registration process, redesigning it to create an integrated business registration website encompassing both federal and state requirements and contemplating the entire lifecycle of needs for small business start-ups, thus creating a one-stop shop for business registration in the United States.
What's Next for Open Government?
On President Obama’s first day in office, he released a memo calling for “an unprecedented level of openness in Government” and increased “transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” After one year, has the impact of the use of technology for open government been substantive or inconsequential? In this WebMemo, ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro identifies strengths and weaknesses of the current open government initiatives and makes recommendations on how to make more effective use of technology.
The Atlantic's "State of the Union for Technology"
ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro spoke at The Atlantic’s upcoming State of the Union for Technology event on February 9, 2010. The panel addressed to what degree President Obama has made inroads on his promise to promote technology in government and what needs to be done to make more progress. Other panelists include Leslie Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Nancy Scola, Associate Editor of TechPresident.