Digital Government

US CIO Steve VanRoekel just released Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People.

The Digital Government Strategy sets out to accomplish three things:

  1. Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  2. Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.
  3. Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.

To drive this transformation, the strategy is built upon four overarching principles:

  1. An “Information-Centric” approach—Moves us from managing “documents” to managing discrete pieces of open data and content which can be tagged, shared, secured, mashed up and presented in the way that is most useful for the consumer of that information.
  2. A “Shared Platform” approach—Helps us work together, both within and across agencies, to reduce costs, streamline development, apply consistent standards, and ensure consistency in how we create and deliver information.
  3. A “Customer-Centric” approach—Influences how we create, manage, and present data through websites, mobile applications, raw data sets, and other modes of delivery, and allows customers to shape, share and consume information, whenever and however they want it.
  4. A platform of “Security and Privacy”—Ensures this innovation happens in a way that ensures the safe and secure delivery and use of digital services to protect information and privacy.

This strategy is focused on “harnessing the power of technology to help create a 21st century digital government – one that is efficient, effective and focused on improving the delivery of services to the American people.”  While this strategy is focused on citizen services, the DoD can apply many of these strategies to defense operations.  The Army CIO in particular has led the way in championing open data and common platforms.  There are tremendous innovation opportunities that can be unleashed once the core elements of a platform, data model, and culture are in place.  I encourage those in the defense community to read the Digital Government strategy and adopt within their enterprises.


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