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    Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

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    "The U.S. government can save more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years by consolidating its IT infrastructure, reducing its energy use and moving to more Web-based citizen services, a group of tech CEOs said in a report released Wednesday.
    It goes to show you that big solutions aren't always sexy. IT infrastructure is not an especially exciting topic, but investments in it have the potential to really help our nation. Granted, this report was not exactly produced by disinterested bystanders, so I'm not sure how valid their $1 trillion figure is...but in any case, better IT management can save the government a lot.
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    Re: Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

    Well you can only exaggerate so much, and $1 trillion is a lot of money, so I would expect that the real number is billions that could be saved.

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    Re: Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    Well you can only exaggerate so much, and $1 trillion is a lot of money, so I would expect that the real number is billions that could be saved.
    I've seen some of the IT infrastructure at a couple federal government agencies. It's truly shocking how outdated they are. I'm working with an agency right now to streamline a very important process, and they still use paper forms for everything. Unbelievable.
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    Re: Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

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    It goes to show you that big solutions aren't always sexy. IT infrastructure is not an especially exciting topic, but investments in it have the potential to really help our nation. Granted, this report was not exactly produced by disinterested bystanders, so I'm not sure how valid their $1 trillion figure is...but in any case, better IT management can save the government a lot.
    You'll probably find a lot of resistance as this will likely reduce the employed bureaucracy.
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    Re: Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I've seen some of the IT infrastructure at a couple federal government agencies. It's truly shocking how outdated they are. I'm working with an agency right now to streamline a very important process, and they still use paper forms for everything. Unbelievable.
    Yes, government isn't exactly known as the bation of technological progress.

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    Re: Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    Yes, government isn't exactly known as the bation of technological progress.
    Neither is the private sector. IT is seemingly incredibly difficult to pull off well for both sectors.
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    Re: Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    You'll probably find a lot of resistance as this will likely reduce the employed bureaucracy.
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    Re: Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Neither is the private sector. IT is seemingly incredibly difficult to pull off well for both sectors.
    You got that right

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    Re: Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    You'll probably find a lot of resistance as this will likely reduce the employed bureaucracy.
    No it won't. They'll just find other places in the bureaucracy to maintain their employment.

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    Re: Tech CEOs Tell US Government How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I've seen some of the IT infrastructure at a couple federal government agencies. It's truly shocking how outdated they are. I'm working with an agency right now to streamline a very important process, and they still use paper forms for everything. Unbelievable.
    This reminds me of the story about how the NYPD still gets money to buy typewriters because no local or state government will foot the massive bill for building IT infrastructure for them.

    NYPD typewriter bill nearly $1 million - UPI.com

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