SOURCE: The Center for Digital Government

April 18, 2007 13:00 ET

Center for Digital Government Suggests Government Should Be "Simple" in New White Paper

SACRAMENTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2007 -- A new thought-leadership paper from e.Republic's Center for Digital Government, It's Time to Change the Story, advises government administrators and decision-makers about how to meet today's service delivery needs and anticipate tomorrow's expectations in a season of political change.

"Government is not simple. But it should be. It can be. It will be," says author Paul W. Taylor, chief strategy officer of the Center. "Good and simple policy means a government that is more about me, but in the interest of all of us. The choice for government leaders is whether this will happen to the government by blunt instrument, or be done by government, with more precision through our venerated processes and the art of governing." lays out 12 steps needed to achieve simple government. These include: more shared ownership, more transparency, more consistency and more customer agents. Each of the dozen "mores" is followed by a question that recognizes past achievement while pushing toward a simple future.

The paper also covers 12 principles to use as a guide to help balance information privacy against access. The paper includes discussion about identifying and evaluating conflicting interests, effective limits on access to protect privacy, robust access, and the security of the public record infrastructure. It's Time to Change the Story is designed to help governments succeed in economic development and constituent services. It is produced by the Center for Digital Government through a partnership with the Council of State Governments, and underwritten by Accenture, Adobe, Cisco Systems, Cognos and Intuit Inc.

Visit to download a copy free of charge.

About the Center for Digital Government

The Center for Digital Government is a division of e.Republic, Inc. (, the nation's leading publishing, research, event, and new media company focused on information technology for the state/local government and education markets.

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