From low-cost open-source tech tools to better citizen services, government IT staffs show how creative -- and cost conscious -- they can be.
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The Obama administration's Digital Government Strategy, released a year ago in May by the Office of Management and Budget, is redefining the way the government thinks about the information it produces. The strategy is based on the notion that "all Americans should be able to access information from their Government anywhere, anytime, and on any device," says U.S. CIO Steve VanRoekel in a CIO Council blog.
Behind that strategy is an enlightened effort to treat data as a valuable national asset -- by releasing hundreds of government datasets and developing new ones via machine-readable formats. That effort gained new momentum when the President released a historic Executive Order and Open Data Policy making open and machine-readable the new default for government data.