When it comes to leveraging technology for greater government transparency, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has something new in mind: dashboards. The New York Times Bits blog reports that by the end of the month, Kundra “hopes to start yet another federal Web site that will give officials and the public a window into all of the active government technology projects. For each project, it will show the purpose, schedule and budget. It will show the name and photo of the federal official responsible and the names of which contractors are working on the project … Most important, it will keep track of what Mr. Kundra believes are leading indicators that a project is going awry…”
The concept isn’t entirely new, at least for the private sector. As Thomas Wailgum over at CIO points out: “This is not a new concept for the private sector—GE was doing it back in 2000. But easy-to-understand dashboards and simple, yet powerful analytics are a great first step for monitoring government IT projects. In fact, keeping it simple is critical. Just ask the those enterprises and business users who are struggling to use their BI and analytic systems effectively today.” Other questions yet to be answered: Will Kundra get this dashboard built in-house, leverage open source software, or purchase the best commercial product.
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