By the Center for Digital Government
The need for fundamental IT reform at all levels of government has been greatly expressed, but the efforts to achieve it have been unoriginal and ineffective. The 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management, published by the office of the U.S. Chief Information Officer, has changed the scene. The plan promises to increase efficiency and cut costs at the same time, using new technology strategies and processes to break through the traditional barriers that have hampered IT innovation in the past. This paper reviews, in detail, five promising components of the plan — essential elements that are applicable at the state and local level and that have the greatest potential to transform government for the better.