Data can support the quality of important choices citizens make every day. For example, how did you select the college you went to? Where did you go for information to help make the choice? What about the schools you may be helping your kids select? Price? Graduation rates? Getting employed after graduation?
President Trump recently signed a bipartisan bill to promote mentoring programs to encourage girls and women to enter the aerospace field. These programs are part of a broader ecosystem of existing federal programs to bolster careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
You can’t solve “horizontal” problems with “vertical” solutions, warns University of Maryland professor Don Kettl. And the country of New Zealand – a forerunner of government reforms – learned that the hard way.
About 75 percent of the federal IT budget goes to maintaining outdated legacy computer systems, according to GAO. Some are over 50 years old, yet critical – such as the main IRS tax data base and the nuclear missile launch system.