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Vivek Kundra's Tips for Smarter Government

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 14 2011

At the Sunlight Foundation* blog, Daniel Schuman recaps ten principles for improving federal transparency that federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra delivered during testimony before a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee today.

Here are the first three — go read Schuman for the whole shebang and a link to Kundra's testimony:

  • Build end-to-end digital processes – Automate transfer of data between systems to increase productivity, protect data integrity, and speed data dissemination. Capitalize on game-changing technologies to increase transparency.
  • Build once, use often – Architect systems for reuse and share platforms to reduce costs, streamline systems and processes, reduce errors, and foster collaboration.
  • Tap into golden sources of data – Pull data directly from authoritative sources to improve data quality, shorten processes and protect data integrity.
  • The House is considering legislation introduced by Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) that would significantly change the way the federal government reports its spending.

    Kundra is leaving the White House in August to join Harvard, amid this administration's outgoing wave of top technology and tech policy staff.

    * PdF co-founders Micah Sifry and Andrew Rasiej are senior technology advisers to the Sunlight Foundation.