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Please Help Me Plan My Meeting With Mr. Vivek Kundra !!
May 21, 2009 at 5:03 pm #72494
(See the full post on “Cloud Musings” )
A couple of weeks ago, I was offered a chance to meet Mr. Vivek Kundra at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in downtown Washington, DC. Needless to say, I was honored to be given the opportunity.
If you have any suggestions for me, I would be happy to hear about them. The only thing I ask is for your recommendations to be focused on general technologies, industry standards or open source approaches. Please, no specific commercial products or specific technology implementations.
Of particular interest to me will be those technologies, standards or approaches that are “shovel ready”, and available for pilot implementations today! As outlined in the budget, “… pilot projects will be implemented to offer an opportunity to utilize more fully and broadly departmental and agency architectures to identify enterprise-wide common services and solutions, with a new emphasis on cloud-computing. The pilots will test a variety of services and delivery modes, provisioning approaches, options, and opportunities that cloud computing brings to Federal Government. Additionally, the multiple approaches will focus on measuring service, cost, and performance; refining and scaling pilots to full capabilities; and providing financial support to accelerate migration”.
I look forward to your assistance on this!
May 22, 2009 at 5:02 am #72498
From the UK there are some open source business processes designed and operating between citizen and government.
The main issue with most of our ICT in government is that hitherto procurement has been proprietary ( Oracle ; Microsoft ; EDS ) , expensive and completely un-scaleable. Each agency has bought its own set.
A NGO called mysociety did most of the open source, rich content and user-friendly work http://www.mysociety.org/
there is a petitions site to the Prime Minister which has had over 9 million votes
there is a fantastic process to write to your elected representative ( local, state , federal )
there is a method to report any issue to your local government ( poor street lighting ; graffiti etc. )
These are all shovel ready and would be immediately transferable to the USA
The other process that you might wish to replicate, or suggest, involves re-coding government data. It was called the Re-Wired State, and a list of projects is here
The projects listed demonstrate the intent. How successful you can be will depend on how much data the government lets go.
Other suggestions – facebook for jobs ( after all it is just a market with bids and offers ) ;
you won’t manage to have comparable financials across agencies until you have a standardised General Ledger ( something the health service in UK has battled with since 1948 )
Sun’s star office suite never took off ; in the UK not many people use pbwiki in government but it seems really successful and ning we use a lot
We are looking at how mental health service users might create ning groups to exchange content, information and collaborate. Their carers or families could also be involved, as eventually might employers and state agencies. To start with, it is the service users only as they are the most motivated to help one another.
May 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm #72496
Thank you for the thoughtful input. I will definitely highlight this dialog when I meet Mr. Kundra and will leave a listing of all comments for his review. If anyone else would like to provide additional comments, I will continue collecting them until Tuesday evening (May 26th).
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