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  • Modular procurement and the dark side of the force

    In a 2011 essay on military acquisition, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward turned to "Star Wars" to make his case. The Death Star was the "undefeatable ultimate weapon" that was "brain-meltingly complex and ravenously consumed resources," he noted. The problem with the Death Star project was that it was too complex for any program manager to properly design or oversee.

    Government faces similar problems today and not just with weapons systems. Too often, agencies attempt to build the IT equivalents of Death Stars.

    A great primer on cyber

    Steve Kelman blogs about the study on Government’s cyber challenge authored by Bill Eggers, executive director, Deloitte Center for Government Insights.

    Claims APS lagging on digital mindset

    The author of a new book has accused the Australian Public Service of “playing catch-up” in the tasks of embracing digital transformation and delivering integrated citizen-centric services.

    The book Delivering on Digital — The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming Government by William D. (Bill) Eggers includes the results of a survey of more than 1,200 Public Service leaders from more than 70 countries around the world, including 200 from Australia.

    The Digital Transformation

    William D. Eggers, a leading authority on government reform, is the executive director of Deloitte’s Center for Government Innovation and the author of numerous books. His latest is Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming Government (Rosetta Books). Following is a conversation with Eggers.

    The Digital Mindset: seeing problems through new eyes

    Delivering on Digital: The Innovations and Technologies that are Transforming Government, the latest book from Deloitte’s William D. Eggers and Deloitte University Press, provides the handbook for how to achieve successful digital transformation in government.

    Five digital mindsets are outlined that can help public servants see old problems through new eyes and to appreciate digital as being more than just technology. It’s not about lecturing on the latest fad or saying that what has been previously delivered is wrong. It’s about considering a way of working that is different.

    Delivering on digital

    Today’s guest is Bill Eggers, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Government Insights. The topic of the interview is a new book about innovation in the federal government.

    Book Excerpt – Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming Government

    When HealthCare.gov went live in October 2013, many called the website a catastrophe. For the U.S. Federal government, however, the launch ultimately proved pivotal: it underscored the necessity of digital excellence in public institutions and inspired hundreds of the tech industry’s best and brightest to come to Washington with the singular mission to modernize government. But how can a government transform itself into a fully digital state when most are built on analog, industrial-era frameworks? It starts with imagination.

    Transforming Government with a Digital Mindset

    How can government transform its capabilities by capitalizing on today’s new digital tools? Best-selling author William D. Eggers coined the term “government 2.0” more than a decade ago and now envisions an even more revolutionary era in government, enabled by cloud computing, mobile devices and analytics.

    Government’s cyber challenge: Protecting sensitive data for the public good

    For government, cybersecurity isn’t only a challenge—it’s a big obstacle to long-awaited digital transformation. Plus, the stakes are sky-high: Hacking public-sector information might imperil national security as well as citizens’ trust. Is government up to the task?

    Opening the digital playbook

    A multi-year veteran of government, think tanks and professional services, William Eggers has devoted his career to addressing the twin challenges of reform and renewal. He tells us how governments can more fully embrace the digital revolution.