The terror of transparency

As a follow up to my earlier post on the U.S. Government’s IT Dashboard, this Infoworld post by Erik Knorr discusses the challenge of transparency and also highlights one current weakness of the dashboard in that “…these ratings have been provided by agency CIOs themselves. What matters more, of course, is the assessment of people who use these systems.” I would add here that these are not just the people who use them, but who often commissioned them in the first place. I say current weakness as Knorr goes on to say that “In the postlaunch Q&A, Kundra [the Federal CIO] said this will be incorporated into future iterations of the platform.”

While the above is indeed a weakness, and the dashboard is still in it’s early days – the fact that such a platform has been made publicly available is still one heck of a leap forward.

Uncle Sam’s IT dashboard: Your tax dollars at work

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It is a holiday – Canada Day – here today so this post will be brief. I couldn’t resist looking at this article by Robert X. Cringely in Infoworld while looking for some personal email. After only a cursory review, the IT Dashboard discussed here appears to be a huge leap forward in terms of investment transparency, in this case by the U.S. Government. Over the next few days, I will be looking into this more, and will certainly be posting additional comments.