By Jane E. Fountain
Some great benefits of utilizing know-how to remake govt appear nearly limitless. The promise of such courses as common " digital businesses" and portals the place voters can entry all sections of presidency from a unmarried site has excited foreign awareness. the opportunity of a electronic nation can't be discovered, notwithstanding, until the inflexible constructions of the modern bureaucratic nation swap besides the days. development the digital kingdom explains how the yank public area needs to evolve and adapt to take advantage of the probabilities of electronic governance totally and reasonably. The e-book unearths that many matters keen on integrating expertise and govt haven't been competently debated or perhaps well-known. Drawing from a wealthy number of case reviews, the ebook argues that the true demanding situations lie no longer in attaining the technical strength of making a central authority on the internet, yet fairly in overcoming the entrenched organizational and political divisions in the nation. Questions similar to who can pay for brand new govt web content, which organisations will keep the websites, and who will make sure that the privateness of voters is revered demonstrate the intense hindrances that confront efforts to create a digital nation. those political and structural battles will impression not just how the yank kingdom may be remade within the details Age, but in addition who may be the winners and losers in a electronic society.
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I am grateful to Alan Altshuler, director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, for access to all finalist and semifinalist applications to the awards program. I examined more than fifty detailed applications, submitted from 1993 to 1999, that advanced to the finalist and semifinalist ranks of an annual competition of innovations in government held at Harvard University. The study found that most technology innovations, although highly useful and creative, did not involve structural changes in an agency or program.
To have reduced the size of the federal work force by 351,000 and to have saved $137 billion in government spending. A later phase of reform concentrated on building interagency initiatives, virtual agencies, and the government version of electronic commerce, electronic or e-government. 6 During the 1960s the idea of using computers for communication was unusual. Although modems had been invented in the 1950s, connecting computers for information transfer through the telephone system was difficult and fraught with error.
The knowledge worker adds value to information by virtue of training, education, and experience. Among the knowledge workers in government are specialists who develop loans and other financial instruments, provide counseling, write contracts and regulations, and design legislation, as well as budget analysts, logisticians, and lawyers. All are potential users of decision support tools. The following examples illustrate the complexity of analysis conducted in the federal bureaucracy, which when conducted well is largely invisible to the polity.