This edition of the Business of Government magazine highlights strong leaders with the right talent who are charged with executing the business of government. These leaders are responsible for a vast array of government missions.
As government agencies continue
to be under increased scrutiny to
improve efficiency and be ever
more vigilant with their use of
public funding, they are increasingly
adopting alternative models
and approaches to providing services.
In 2013 the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) embarked on an
ambitious effort to modernize its
information technology infrastructure,
transforming from an agency with
207 different IT systems to one with a
cloud-based common data platform that would play a significant
role in creating a more dynamic and agile enterprise.
In his second inaugural address,
President Abraham Lincoln spoke of the
tragedies of the Civil War and society’s
need to unify and “to care for him who
shall have borne the battle and for his
widow, and his orphan....”
The impetus behind the Digital
Accountability and Transparency
Act of 2014 (DATA Act) may be
simple: Transform federal spending
information from disconnected documents
into open data to improve
spending transparency, transform federal financial management,
and stimulate ideas and innovation.
The federal government spends almost $450 billion annually
to buy basic goods and services. Today more than ever,
the government must ensure that it spends money wisely and
eliminates waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.