The much-anticipated Digital Government Strategy was released as a presidential memo on May 23.
It was worth the wait and certainly didn’t disappoint, delivering strong ideas and including many self-imposed deadlines.
Here are the Top 5 ideas I liked about the Strategy:
5. Presidential Innovation Fellows Program for the Digital Government Strategy
I love the concept of bringing in the top innovators from the private sector, non-profit and academia with top innovators in in government. Bringing the “best and the brightest” is a very Kennedy-esque concept, although this program was started shortly after his death by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.
While it is almost guaranteed to generate a lot of publicity, the two questions I have are how will this process be managed and will it generate lasting results?
4. Digital Services Innovation Center
“Build once and use many times.” When I read the Strategy, this quote really stuck out to me. One of the mandates of the Digital Services Innovation Center is to establish shared usage and training.
We have learned that Gwynne Kostin, Director of Mobile for GSA’s Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies (OSCIT), will be taking charge of this effort. Kostin is the perfect choice. She has been doing pre-Digital Services Innovation Center work for some time bringing this community together. Now this formalizes some of the work she has done and affords the opportunity to take her initial efforts to another level.
3. Mobile version of FedRAMP.
Should we just call it MobileRAMP? This idea, of applying the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program approach to mobile, is at least a year old. Dr. Rick Holgate, CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Exposives, and I kicked off the ACT-IAC Advanced Mobility Working Group there was even some brief talk about incorporating it into the original FedRAMP.
It is a terrific idea to just build off the original version of the FedRAMP. One question now is, will many of the same individuals that worked on the FedRAMP also work on MobileRAMP?
2. Common APIs for Enterprise
I wrote a column on this topic last summer espousing this idea. It is a big idea and it builds off the concepts used in data.gov. I hate to use this phrase, because so often it is overused, but it is a true game-changer.
1.The Digital Government Strategy Task force
The best thing about the Digital Government Strategy was not the actual document, but the spirit of collaboration behind the strategy that will undoubtedly have the longest effect.
These individuals have crossed over from their own agencies and contributed to the greater good of the Government IT community. As the co-chair of the ACT-IAC Advanced Mobility Working Group, I have had the privilege of seeing agencies freely share best-practices and develop personal trust with their government colleagues.
The Digital Government Strategy co-chairs, Holgate and OMB’s Haley Van Dyck deserve credit for making the strategy a true collaboration, while coming out with powerful document.
The Digital Government Strategy is the definition of good Government.