What are the forces encouraging the implementation of e-government operations within established government bureaucracies?

There are several forces that are encouraging the implementation of e-government operations within established government bureaucracies.    The top motivators would include:

  •  Reduced costs.
  • Improved services for citizens.
  • Increased effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Increased accountability and transparency.

In other words, technology enables us to work smarter, not harder. Not surprisingly, the Office of Management and Budget has a division called Office of E-Government & Information Technology.  According to their website, they are transforming the public sector to be more like the private sector–more effective and convenient to customers (citizens).



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Blog Assignment #3 (Part 1 of 2)

Identify and describe linkages and connections offered by Baldacci’s fictional account of intergovernmental relations and that offered by Shafritz et al.

The Forgotten by David Baldacci is about Army Special Agent John Puller.  Puller goes to a small town in Florida called Paradise, to ask his aunt about a cryptic letter she sent to his father.  Once in Florida, Puller’s finds out his Aunt is dead.  Although the local police rule the death accidental, Puller investigates further to find that this sleepy, rich beach town is not what it seems.  He quickly uncovers that Paradise is a gateway to human trafficking and slavery.

Photo courtesy of davidbalacci.com

Photo courtesy of davidbalacci.com

I am an avid reader.  Therefore it is no surprise that I not only started The Forgotten before the beginning of the semester, but I also finished it.  At the time I was reading for pure entertainment, but now I can see several links and connections between this fictional story and the ideas and concepts presented in our textbook.   The six connections include: (1) street-level bureaucrats, (2) pluralism, (3) power-internal perspective, (4) cultural norms, (5) the marble cake theory/ cooperative federalism, and (6) honor. Continue reading