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Government Boundaries Are Blurring – And That’s a Good Thing

The way that agency employees use technology and data, and the way that agencies are making data available to each other and to private citizens, is changing the role of government IT teams

Just like in the business world, the way public sector professionals use data and technology has changed out of all recognition in the past decade. For any manager – in public administration or private business – getting the most from technology is now as fundamental a management skill as managing a team.

This has changed how the IT function’s services are used throughout the public sector. For example, technology management is no longer siloed within the agency’s IT function; many internal departments now actively procure, use, and manage IT products. Again, just like in business, IT is still very much needed but the role it plays is changing.

And this is not just a story about internal operations – externally, agencies across the US administration are hoping to inspire new ideas by making reams of data available to be shared between agencies, and between agencies and private citizens.

Internal and external demand is blurring boundaries that have conventionally delineated government IT teams from the rest of their agency colleagues. And, as a result, a more open – and accessible – government is beginning to take shape.

How You Can Take Advantage

Some government agencies are already taking advantage of the blurry boundaries trend. For instance, some are creating open data initiatives to become a primary source of data for other agencies and private citizens, and some government contractors are creating services that can be universally adopted by all agencies, in an attempt to streamline government technology adoption. For example:

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