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Worth reading: NAPA’s Enabling Collaboration: Three Priorities for New Administration

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The National Academy of Public Administration’s Collaboration Project has issued a new report titled “Enabling Collaboration: Three Priorities for New Administration.” The report can be found below. It is is definitely worth some time.

The three priorities:
* Create an Open Technology Environment
* Treat Data as a National Asset
* Foster a Culture and Framework of Collaboration

Today, information can be accessed and shared with unprecedented speed and agility. However, government operates according to an industrial era model that is fundamentally out of step with the needs and expectations of modern citizens. This industrial model emphasizes controlling information more than sharing it and avoiding risk more than fostering innovation. Worst of all, this model uses rigid hierarchies as opposed to collaborative communities of practitioners, to create and implement responses to emerging public needs. In his speech accepting the nomination for the presidency, President Barack Obama summarized this disparity, saying: “we cannot meet 21st-century challenges with a 20th-century bureaucracy.”

Here is the full report…

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The one I particularly love is treating data as a national asset.

Treat Data as a National Asset—Government data should not be “owned” by any department, agency or organization. In order to embrace new technologies and empower leaders and citizens, the new administration must establish clear standards for sharing data, grapple with evolving notions of data authenticity, and craft new practices for knowledge management. All of these should replace the focus on control of information with a focus on sharing it.

A fascinating read… and we will talk to one of the authors of the report, NAPA’s Frank DiGiammarino, on Tuesday on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.

And I should note that this report comes on the heels of the remarkable work done by NAPA’s Collaboration project on overcoming the legal and policy issues. More on that here.

Written by cdorobek

February 7, 2009 at 5:11 PM