Today, technology is a critical component to transform and modernize government to truly create a 21st century government. For our year-end report, the GovLoop team set out to explore what technology trends shaped 2012 to help agencies meet organizational goals. The report also includes best practices, case studies, and identifies which trends will shape government technology in 2013. This post will highlight one of those core trends, mobility.
The report below includes a survey from 250 members of the GovLoop community, and interviews with Bernie Mazer, Chief Information Officer, Department of the Interior, Jim Ropelewski, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Education, Linda Cureton, Chief Information Officer, NASA and Malcolm Jackson, Chief Information Officer, Environmental Protection Agency. Be sure to check out the entire report below and related resources on the guide landing page.
Expansion of Mobility: The Perfect Storm for Government Agencies
Employee mobility has dramatically expanded throughout the past year. With the launch of the Digital Government Strategy, increased adoption of cloud technology, and growing implementation of Bring Your Own Device policies government is in a great position to capitalize upon this advancement. As public servants, we need to think about how greater mobility can increase our productivity to create a leaner, more effective government.
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The Federal Government has taken a great first step with their release of the Digital Government Strategy. The strategy put in place a framework and timeline for agencies to build a technology infrastructure to open their data, adopt common standards, and produce device agnostic content and data for the public. The framework will allow government to get in front of technology adoption and provide tools to help others innovate.
My favorite example of mobile technology from this past year has been the launch of the Census Bureau’s new app, America’s Economy, which provides updated statistics from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It includes 16 monthly economic indicators, such as house sales, personal income, international trade, Gross Domestic Product, and the unemployment rate. Last month, the White House cited the Census Bureau as an example of a federal agency that is “making great strides towards putting a solid foundation for a 21st Century digital government in place.”
As the Digital Government Strategy is implemented in 2013, it will be exciting to see whether the promise of greater efficiency materializes. There is a tremendous amount of opportunity for the public sector if they are able to fully capitalize on mobile technology. If government is able to get ahead of the tech curve by fully implementing the outlined strategy, they will be in a great position to take advantage of new tech trends and move to the forefront of technology innovation.
The GovLoop Guide: Government Technology Year in Review
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