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Building a Twenty-First Century Digital Government — One “Byte” at a Time

July 2018

Mike Ipsaro

“Siri, how do we build the right foundation for a twenty-first century digital government that maximizes value for citizens?”

Ahh, if only it were that simple…but this is a complex endeavor that requires a balanced, measured approach that adapts over time.

To paraphrase U.S. Army General Creighton Adams, “to eat an elephant, you have to do it one bite at a time.” When it comes to the U.S. federal government’s technology modernization initiative, such “bites” from the executive branch include the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s “IT Modernization Report” delivered in December 2017,1 the “President’s Management Agenda” (PMA) released in March 2018,2 and the standup by the General Services Administration (GSA) of its IT Modernization Centers of Excellence,3 to name a few.

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