What’s Next for the Digital Government Strategy – DorobekINSIDER LIVE Expert Panel Discusses

Yesterday, there was a special edition of the DorobekINSIDER Live focusing on the Digital Government Strategy, One Year Later. One year ago, federal CIO Steven VanRoekel announced the Digital Government Strategy that grew to include mobile, open data, and how to measure all of this “stuff” in this age of austerity.

A full synopsis of the event can be found in this blog post: Digital Government Strategy One Year Later – DorobekINSIDER LIVE Experts Weigh In

The DorobekINSIDER expert panel included:

  • Gwynne Kostin, Director of the Digital Services Innovation Center for GSA’s Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies.
  • Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies and Founding Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings.
  • Venkatapathi Puvvada (PV), Group Vice President for Federal Systems Justice, Finance and Administration group. Additionally, PV manages Unisys ClearPath and Technology business for Unisys Federal across all markets. Before that, PV served as the vice president and Unisys Federal Systems Chief Technology Officer.
  • Tom Suder, President of MobileGov
  • Patrick Fiorenza, GovLoop Senior Research Analyst

So, what is coming next for the Digital Government Strategy?

Gwynne Kostin
says, “it is important for everyone to look at the open data policy that was just released last week. How we do things is just as important as what we do.” Code sharing, along with the symbolic nature of collaboration, really speaks a lot to how we are moving forward.

Darrell West thinks that “the big growth area is in data analytics. We are creating the data sharing networks, we’re providing open data from the government and private sector so we’re really on the cusp of what will be the next transformative trend which is using data analytics to improve decision making in real time.” He mentions that what we often do is have long data collection processes that are good but don’t receive the information to make decisions in a timely manner. In an ideal setting these data sharing networks will allow for immediate data collection to make informed decisions.

PV says to not try to “boil the ocean.” Starting with the little things and focusing limited resources on items that will provide the best bang-for-the-buck for the organizational mission will allow for advancement in the Digital Government Strategy.


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