Report: Gov't Should Push for IT Improvements

FRAMINGHAM (03/07/2000) - Government and political leaders are being advised to take a hands-on approach to information technology projects and avoid efforts that merely entrench old work processes, according to a report released today by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, "Eight Imperatives for Leaders in a Networked World."

The report advises government officials to take an active role in IT projects - to search for solutions that "are not just an incremental quick-fix" and to "push for ten-fold improvements."

Government leaders should also look at best practices of private companies and other government agencies, the report said.

Another "imperative:" investigating shared-risk investments with the private sector, such as collecting businsess taxes.

The report also encouraged government officials to focus on security and privacy and to find ways to use the Internet for education and job development.

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