FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s (ACT-IAC) Institute for Innovation today announced the 2012 Quadrennial Government Technology Review, a compendium of recommendations to the next administration on national policy challenges that will benefit from the application of information technology. The reports were released during a press conference at ACT-IAC headquarters in Fairfax, Va.
The QGTR is comprised of a capstone summary and six topical papers focused on Budget Deficit Reduction, Healthcare, STEM Education, Citizen-Driven Government, National Security1 and Business and Information Technology Management Alignment. The major crosscutting benefits to government include improving efficiency and mission delivery, reducing costs, and strengthening the economy and national security.
“Today’s government leaders face unprecedented challenges from the climbing deficit to declining job growth to rising health care costs,” said Molly O’Neill, co-chair of the 2012 QGTR Steering Committee and vice president, CGI. “In this time of diminishing resources, government must undergo a transformation through the strategic use of technology to meet today’s mission challenges of increased scale and complexity. As we addressed each challenge, it became clear that strong leadership—armed with the right technology tools—can begin to provide solutions.”
The Institute for Innovation was established by ACT-IAC to provide a forum where government and industry can address game-changing opportunities to improve government. As the first project undertaken by the Institute, the 2012 QGTR reflects the subject matter expertise of more than 100 government and industry professionals representing all areas of the federal IT community. Overall, the 2012 QGTR project team concurred that government agencies can better leverage technology to improve the performance of government, improve communication across government and with citizens, and serve as a catalyst of change in areas of crises.
“Technology is not the whole answer to these national challenges, but it can be a significant part of the solution in restoring confidence in the federal government,” said Anne Reed, co-chair of the 2012 QGTR Steering Committee and president, Anne Reed Consulting. “As a public-private partnership, ACT-IAC has served the government for more than 20 years as a trusted advisor and go-to source for collaboration, education, training and action. Our commitment to a vendor-neutral environment brings a unique value to our recommendations.”
Each topical paper provides extensive analysis and strategic, actionable recommendations. Bright examples of progress, and more importantly, their applicability across government are also presented. The key recommendations for each of the five topical papers are outlined below:
- Unleashing the Power of IT Innovation to Reduce the Budget Deficit – The combined impact of ACT-IAC’s recommendations could be significant—a potential reduction in the deficit by up to $220 billion. First, government must accelerate the use of data analytic solutions to maintain fiscal responsibility and identify areas of improvement. Second, government should invest in IT and business process innovation and other commercial best practices to increase productivity and potentially save up to $100 billion a year in federal outlays. Third, IT can be a tool to combat fraud, waste and abuse and decrease the deficit by almost $50 billion a year. The paper further explores how the three recommendations may be applied at the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Treasury and Centers for Medicare, Medicaid Services, and more importantly, their applicability across government.
- Improving Population Wellness and Reducing Growth in Healthcare Costs – Seven chronic diseases consume 80 percent of U.S. healthcare expenses. Five of these diseases are preventable. Through a focus on wellness, we have an unprecedented opportunity to stop this impending national disaster. As the nation’s largest employer, the federal government can serve as an example to all employers by increasing its leadership in healthcare and by actively promoting its wellness agenda, compiling results and sharing best practices. New ways of thinking – supported by technology devices and applications and social media tools – will lead to reduced healthcare costs and a stronger economy.
- Educating our Workforce for Today's Jobs in Science and Technology – The decline in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educated students imperils our national security and economy. The government must prioritize several distinct areas: solid leadership to drive STEM education; a comprehensive coordinated campaign to understand the issue’s criticality; measureable training and education; and, an investment in universal access to broadband digital infrastructure, tools, training and devices to improve digital literacy.
- Empowering Citizen-Driven Government through Collaboration and Service Delivery – Citizens are demanding new ways of communicating with government. Whether accessing data for business or personal reasons or advocating a position with Congress, citizens expect an experience similar to that provided by industry. Technology offers the ability to increase two-way communication with citizens, aggregate data across multiple agencies and create secure digital windows to personalized data sets. When citizens see significant improvements of services, their confidence in and perceived value of government improves.
- Business and Information Technology Alignment Imperative – The federal government invests in technology – but often in a way that is not strategic or designed to realize optimal fiscal benefits to advance its mission. One reason for this shortfall is that business/mission and IT are not closely aligned and the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is underutilized. Through a closer alignment between business goals and technology, the opportunity exists to transform government and significantly increase its effectiveness, efficiency and security.
About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Collaboration and Action
ACT-IAC has been recognized as the premier government IT community’s public-private partnership and is an example of how government and industry work together. We are a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government in serving the public through the effective application of IT resources. Our education, training, programming and collaboration opportunities enhance and advance the government IT profession. ACT-IAC’s objective, vendor and technology-neutral, and ethical forum allow government and industry to collaborate and improve government through technology. Headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, ACT-IAC also has chapters in the Pacific region (based in San Diego) and the Rocky Mountain region (based in Denver).
Learn more about our organization and how to become a member at www.actgov.org or call 703-208-4800.
1 The National Security paper is in the editing phase and will be available at a later date.