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As every sector of the global economy and nearly every facet of modern society undergo digital transformation, ITIF advocates for policies that spur not just the development of IT innovations, but more importantly their adoption and use throughout the economy. In the area of digital government, ITIF studies how information technology (IT) can improve delivery of public services.

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To Successfully Rebuild USA.gov, GSA Needs to Better Understand the Customer Journey Across Government Services

By employing an approach that evaluates the breadth of applicable services against the full spectrum of federal customers, GSA can deliver on this effort to reimagine USA.gov.

Federal IT Modernization Needs a Strategy and More Money

Federal IT Modernization Needs a Strategy and More Money

Despite a plethora of legislation, executive mandates, and other policy guidance to modernize aging federal IT infrastructure, agencies still need access to dedicated IT funding channels with more money and an overarching IT strategy to help guide them in how they fund IT initiatives.

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September 25, 2022|Blogs

Cutting Red Tape From Procurement Processes and Expanding Access to New Contractors Will Accelerate Federal IT Modernization

The AGILE Procurement Act aims to improve how the federal government acquires technology by reducing red tape, expanding access to new contractors, and training acquisition staff. The bill offers a much-needed opportunity to accelerate federal IT modernization. Congress should ensure it gets to President Biden’s desk before the end of the year.

August 25, 2022|Blogs

Weather.gov Is Too Popular and Useful to Look This Bad

Given weather.gov’s popularity and the increasing need for accessible, reliable weather information, it is time for the National Weather Service (NWS) to bring the site up to modern web standards.

August 5, 2022|Blogs

It’s Not Up for Debate. Remote and Hybrid Are the Future of Work—Even for Federal Employees

Though telework presents unique challenges, particularly in cybersecurity, Congress and the federal government should be thoughtful in its adoption, not obstinate in accessing its benefits just because an opposing party’s administration has made it a priority.

July 25, 2022|Blogs

The Federal Government Needs to Actually Report on and Improve Accessibility for its Websites

American citizens have demanded that the federal government offer greater transparency regarding accessibility in federal websites, as well as invest in assistive infrastructure and resources to ensure federal websites are universally accessible to all.

July 21, 2022|Events

Culture Modernization in Federal Digital Transformation

ITIF hosted a virtual discussion on the role of culture modernization in federal digital transformation efforts and how agencies can adapt to avoid getting stuck in old ways of thinking.

June 29, 2022|Blogs

The Biden Administration’s IT Operating Plan Is a Missed Opportunity to Implement a Defined, Overarching Federal IT Strategy

The Biden Administration’s IT operating plan illustrates important priorities for federal IT modernization, highlights much of the good work being done, and demonstrates the continued need for funding in this space. However, until Congress can point to a defined federal IT strategy and connect funding activities with that strategy, it will continue to demand OMB, GSA, and other federal agencies defend their IT spending.

June 7, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

Government Adoption of Digital Identification Cards Is Still Too Slow

Digitizing identity in a secure manner is part of an overall evolution in digital government where residents can access services and interact with government more efficiently. Whether this is applying for public benefits through your smartphone—and no longer needing to enter your social security number—or if you’re pulled over for speeding on the interstate and forgot to grab your wallet when you left home.

June 2, 2022|Events

To Buy or Build: The Question Surrounding Federal IT

Watch this panel discussion focusing on federal IT modernization, the merits of custom versus COTS solutions, and how federal leaders can evaluate which approach is best for a particular initiative.

May 11, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

The Soon-to-Launch House Digital Service Should Follow the Example of Other Federal Digital Services

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the current analog processes in the federal government to be insufficient in meeting unpredictable circumstances. This goes for public-facing services like state health benefits and unemployment insurance and the centuries-old legislative process upon which the...

April 22, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

COVIDtests.gov Worked Where Other Government Websites Didn’t. Here’s Why.

The federal government has learned a lot since the HealthCare.gov episode in 2013. By looping in the right stakeholders in the planning stage, the COVIDtests.gov product team was able to work collaboratively to come up with the best approach.

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