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Public CIO | Article | February 3, 2021
What's Next?
By Robert D. Atkinson
As the Bush administration enters its second term, what are we likely to see regarding digital government?

PPI | Briefing | October 14, 2020
Unsatisfactory Progress: The Bush Administration's Performance on E-Government Initiatives
By Robert D. Atkinson
As other nations have raced ahead in e-government, the Bush administration has made, at best, halting progress. It is important that the federal government takes full advantage of the Internet to create a government that works better and costs less.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 27, 2020
Radical Reinvention
By Robert D. Atkinson
Democrats can seize the initiative on streamlining and modernizing government.

PPI | Policy Report | May 1, 2020
Network Government for the Digital Age
By Robert D. Atkinson
If we are to restore the public's confidence in an activist and progressive government, moving forward on a radical reinvention initiative to bring government into the Information Age needs to be a central task.

PPI | Presentation | June 27, 2020
E-Transformation and Its Discontents
By Robert D. Atkinson
Presentation to the 2002 E-Gov Conference in Washington, D.C.

PPI | Policy Report | December 4, 2020
Opening the Mail: A Postal System for the New Economy
By Shane Ham and Robert D. Atkinson
The important goal is improving overall efficiency and quality in the postal system (public and private) and improving service for customers, not to preserve USPS as we know it.

PPI | Policy Report | November 27, 2020
Breaking Down Bureaucratic Barriers: The Next Phase of Digital Government
By Andrew Leigh and Robert D. Atkinson
As we come to the end of the first decade of digital government, policy makers have the chance to reshape government online so that it is centered on citizens, not bureaucracy.

DLC | New Dem Daily | November 21, 2020
Airport Security Technology Provisions Make the Cut
It's important to make sure airport security personnel are up to snuff. But in the long run, the brainpower reflected in our technology will be America's best protection of safety in airports and in the skies.

Technology Daily | Article | August 2, 2020
Think Tank Leaves Imprint On Democrats' Tech Policy
By Bara Vaida
Since the fall of 1997, the Progressive Policy Institute has served as the "deep thinker" on high-tech policy for moderate Democrats. The imprint of Rob Atkinson, director of PPI's Technology and the New Economy project, is evident in many proposals espoused by Democratic lawmakers.

PPI | Presentation | July 6, 2020
Digital Government: From Information to Integration
By Robert D. Atkinson
Presentation to the 2001 E-Gov Conference in Washington, D.C.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | June 19, 2020
A Conversation With Senator Joe Lieberman
Blueprint asks the new Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee about the future of e-government.

PPI | Front & Center | April 27, 2020
Bad Idea of the Week: Corporate Ads on Government Web Sites
By Robert D. Atkinson and Rick Coduri
We believe that all governments -- federal, state and local -- should expeditiously and fully embrace digital technologies. But digital government is important enough in and of itself to be funded by government, not by corporate ad revenues.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 7, 2021
Thinking Outside the Box
By Robert D. Atkinson
Creating a "skunk works" for the federal government.

DLC | New Dem Daily | November 17, 2020
Idea of the Week: E-Voting
All of the "Florida problems" -- which actually exist all over the country -- could be addressed at once if we moved to a system of "e-voting": casting ballots electronically on user-friendly screens, with a paper-receipt print-out for election officials to use as a backup.

PPI | Testimony | September 12, 2020
Establishing a Federal CIO: IT Management and Assurance within the Federal Government
By Robert D. Atkinson
Remarks before the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations.

DLC | New Dem Daily | August 11, 2020
Idea of the Week: Online Voter Registration
If "digital government" and "digital politics" are ever to achieve their potential, the first step toward a politically involved citizenry, registering to vote, should be available online. As it happens, a partnership between WorldCom, America Online, the Close Up Foundation, and the American Association of Retired Persons, is making it possible this year through -- an important interim step toward full-fledged online voter registration.

DLC | The New Democrat | May 1, 2020
Schnell Game
In mid-May, the House dealt a fatal blow to Rep. Tony Schnell's year-long effort to impose a monthly federal surcharge on Internet access. It's impossible to say how Schnell took the defeat. That's because he doesn't exist.

DLC | New Dem Daily | April 3, 2020
Idea of the Week: A Chief Information Officer
The feds need a Chief Information Officer with government-wide jurisdiction to ride herd on technological progress, just like they have in Kentucky and many other states.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2020
2001: A Personal Health Space Odyssey
By Katie Donohue
Store your health records. Talk to your doctor. Fill a perscription. All online and free, say boosters. But serious privacy issues must still be resolved.

PPI | Policy Report | March 1, 2020
Digital Government: The Next Step to Reengineering the Federal Government
By Robert D. Atkinson and Jacob Ulevich
Done right, digital government promises to transform Industrial Age big government into Knowledge Age smart government.

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