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Trusted Code Initiative (update 2017) - Challenge

Challenge

Reliance on Technology

Information technology (IT) has contributed to our society's high standard of living. However, our reliance on these systems has come at with a substantial price tag.

The United States Federal Government is the single largest consumer of information technology (IT) in the world. In 2013, the Federal IT budget was approximately $80 billion. Government projections estimate that spending to increase to $100 billion within a few years.

These figures do not include the additional billions of dollars that state and local governments spend annually on computer hardware, software, services, license fees and the manpower to keep it all going.

In 2010, the White House and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management , which stated: “Information technology should enable government to better serve the American people. But despite spending more than $600 billion on information technology over the past decade, the Federal Government has achieved little of the productivity improvements that private industry has realized from IT.”

In short: how can government technology systems achieve the technical and economic efficiencies that are being realize in comparable commercial technology systems?

To address this challenge, it is critical to clearly identify the similarities and differences in public and private-sector technology system requirements, functionalities, expectations and cultural practices. Government and commercial systems may use similar technologies, but their expectations and cultural practices are vastly different.