The appointment of the new Chief Technology Officer is eminent, and the OMB e-government and technology administrator, Vivek Kundra, is already busy at work.
What should be on their agendas to drag the government into the 21st century? Wired Magazine has a great story by Evan Ratliff that frames the challenges: “Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?” But there are several interesting reports just out that can help point the way.
National Academy for Public Administration. One of them I showcased last week, by the National Academy for Public Administration: “Enabling Collaboration: Three Priorities for the New Administration.” In addition to recommending an open technology environment and fostering a collaborative culture, it recommended treating government data as a national asset to be used effectively by and for citizens.
But an overseas perspective is worth looking at as well, for inspiration:
UK’s “Power of Information” Initiative. The British government is currently developing its own White Paper on how to improve “Digital Britons’ online experience.” Its “Power of Information Taskforce” has developed a series of recommendations, including encouraging government employees to add their expert advice to supporting on-line peer support forums, such as education specialists in parenting forums, noting: “This is a culture shift for people who work in public services and for civil servants in particular.” A true understatement!
Some of its other recommendations:
· Provide civil servants access to social media on the internet as part of their job.
· Engage citizens in policy development using web tools; update traditional citizen participation requirements.
· Make geospatial and other government data more easily accessible, and encourage mashups.
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