The following is part of a special series of policy briefs by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars running until inauguration day. This piece, written by Commons Lab Early Career Scholar Zachary Bastian, tackles the need for reform in federal information technology.
As the world has become more dependent on information technology (IT), so has the federal government and its constituencies. Leveraged effectively, technical tools can engage the public, create cost savings, and improve outcomes. These benefits are obscured by regular reminders that federal IT is fundamentally flawed. It is too big to succeed. For IT to become sustainable, the federal government must enable change in three categories: 1) embracing agile development, modular contracting, and open-source software, 2) prioritizing small business participation, and 3) shifting the federal IT culture towards education and experimentation. The adoption of these reforms is vital. The current state of federal IT undermines good work through inefficiency and waste.
- Too Big to Succeed: The Need for Federal IT Reform (disaster-net.com)
by Patricia Moloney Figliola, Congressional Research Service, January 13, 2012
SUMMARY: In the early 1990s, Congress recognized that several federal agencies had ongoing high performance computing programs, but no central coordinating body existed to ensure long-term coordination and planning. To provide such a framework, Congress passed the High-Performance Computing and Communications Program Act of 1991 (P.L. 102-194) to enhance the effectiveness of the various programs. In conjunction with the passage of the act, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released Grand Challenges: High-Performance Computing and Communications. That document outlined a research and development (R&D) strategy for high-performance computing and a framework for a multiagency program, the High-Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Program. The HPCC Program has evolved over time and is now called the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, to better reflect its expanded mission.
Deborah N. Simorangkir, Universitas Pelita Harapan, and Davidson Samoir, HukumOnline.com, Revista 2- Año 1, (Abr-2011-Jun-2011) ISSN 2173-6588. Abstract: Throughout the history of humankind, cultural, economic, political, and technical forces have led to social changes. Some of these changes were drastic, but some others were more gradual. The latest innovation that has changed society drastically and is sure to evolve rapidly in the future is geospatial information technology. Even though Indonesia is a developing country, the development of its technology is not far behind other countries – including in geospatial technology. Because such technology is no longer restricted to the military but is now available to a wider public, laws must be passed to ensure that the end users will get credible, accurate and accountable information and that in the end, geospatial products actually serve for the betterment of society.
For full text of the article visit Geospatial Information Technology in Indonesia and its Legal Framework. Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for the heads up.
- Indonesia’s Geospatial Information Act No 4 2011 – “open”, not free, and liabilities for inaccurate data (Between the Poles)
- Indonesia develops NSDI using cloud computing (rashidfaridi.wordpress.com)
The Next IT Revolution?: Cloud Computing Opportunities and Challenges
- Mr. Michael Capellas, Chairman and CEO, Virtual Computing Environment Company
- Dr. Dan Reed, Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Corporation
- Mr. Nick Combs, Federal Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation
- Dr. David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration
Examining the President’s Plan for Eliminating Wasteful Spending in Information Technology
Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Dirksen Senate Office Building, room SD-342
- Mr. Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officier and Administrator for Electronic Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget
- David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration
- Mr. David Powner, Director of Information Technology Management Issues, Government Accountability Office
- Mr. Stephen O’Keeffe, Founder, Meri Talk Online
- Rishi Sood, Vice President, Gartner Incorporated
- Al Grasso, President and Chief Executive Officer, MITRE Corporation
To watch the hearing on video, visit: United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs : Hearings.