The Digital Government Strategy Timeline

The technology landscape has changed immensely in the past 10 years, and the Federal IT spending has changed right along with it. Many of the technologies that we enjoy both in our government and civilian lives did not even exist in 2001, and the rate of advancement of new tools and toys in the world of technology is only going to grow.

We’re coming up on 3 months since the original announcement of Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel’s Digital Government Strategy over on the whitehouse.gov blog. Do you know what you’re agency is supposed to be working on? No matter if you need some direction, or just curious about the trends that led up to the creation of the strategy overhaul, we hope our new infographic can help you get up to speed.

In the Digital Government Timeline, we’ve laid out each of the strategy checkpoints in sequential order, by category for easy reference. We then fit those checkpoints into the context of Federal IT spending, past and future (projected) to give a greater sense of how dollar amounts have fluctuated in the past as well as the departments that get the most attention and when. Using this information we can also begin to pinpoint the moments of increased or decreased spending, and begin to understand the context and need of the digital government strategy even more: 9/11, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the release and rise of the smart phone and tablet, changes of presidencies and congresses, just to name a few. All of these events play a significant part in how the government spends its IT dollars.

The digital government strategy comes at a pivotal time for the federal government which, as a whole, has too long been playing perpetual catch-up with technology adoption. If implemented effectively, the digital government strategy will put the federal government back on track to being a leader in technology innovation itself as well as a provider of tools to help others innovate. The time and efficiency savings that are sure to come from adopting the outlined tools and processes don’t hurt either. Other challenges will of course still persist, but for now, it’s a great next step!

Also, be sure to check out our latest GovLoop Guide on Navigating the Digital Government Roadmap. Read online or download the PDF here:

To preserve and optimize on the high-resolution of the graphic, we’re trying out a new technology ourselves and would love your feedback! Click on the above image to launch our new infographic viewer. Zoom in and out with the scroll wheel of your mouse or simply click your left mouse button. Navigate by clicking and dragging with the left mouse button. You can also navigate with your keyboard by using “I” and “O” to zoom in and out, and the arrow keys or W/A/S/D to pan around.


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