For over a decade, the Federal Government has increasingly moved its activities online. This movement has been facilitated by the acceptance of electronic processes to identify people online. A recent Presidential action to sign a law through automated means illustrates just how far we've come, even as there is still more work to do.
As more agencies move more of their activities online, they become part of the global commons that is cyberspace. This week's release by the Administration of an International Cyberspace Strategy includes a number of principles that matter a lot for the sound operation of Federal agencies online.
When Donald Rumsfield was in the Pentagon, his staff talked about his incessant memos asking for information or direction action as “snowflakes.” Well, there’s a blizzard of memos and guidance coming from the White House on a range of management improvement and cost-cutting initiatives. Is this an opportunity to connect the dots?
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) chaired a joint hearing on the implementation of the GPRA Modernization Act and he seemed to enjoy himself. In fact, after the hearing he lingered a long time talking with hearing participants, almost being the last to leave the room!
I always consider a conference a success if I come away inspired by one big idea. That happened to me at the recent annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration. I’ve been mulling over a series of presentations given at that conference that coincidentally helped me think more clearly about “complexity theory” and “complex adaptive systems.”