Depressingly, the answer among the "experienced" federal government crowd in D.C. skews heavily towards windy self-defenses and utterly transparent citations of "unfavorable" contracting, procurement, personnel-management, technology-management and "customer needs" policies. Hooey!
Marsh, during her service to the state of Illinois, has proven that change can happen, should happen, and that both state agencies and constituents ultimately benefit. Her quest to have government let go of what it's bad at and let government-regulated outfits that are good at authenticating individuals authenticate individuals (think banks) handle same appears to be a no brainer. We'll see if the embrace of "best practices" takes Georgia far quickly or easily.
But what's important is that imitation of the sane, the sensible, or the proven remains valuable. Fashion or no fashion, if it works in one place, it's likely to work (in some adapted form) in another.
"Here's to the copycats" strikes me as an odd admonition, but it fits ... now more than ever, it seems. All that it's missing is the precursor "Here's to the innovators" wish, without which fashion trends would never be set.
At the end of this piece and at the start of the year, here's to both, wherever they may be and however they make a difference.