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Enabling Collaboration: Three Priorities for the New Administration

During his campaign, President Obama spoke frequently of the importance of bringing about change "from the bottom up."

"We need," he said, "a new collaborative model to create a government that is agile, transparent, and responsive enough to bring citizens’ ideas and priorities directly into the process of governance." To this end, President Obama issued a directive on his first full day in office to begin this process.

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Key Findings

This report presents recommendations for a new operating model of government that prioritizes transparency and openness. Three challenges inhibit the creation of a truly collaborative government at the federal level: (1) an outdated 20th-century technology approach; (2) an inability to relate data to information, and information to decision making; and (3) a culture that inhibits collaboration.


This report concluded that three recommendations will help President Obama’s technology and collaboration advisors overcome the Administration’s challenges to collaborative government:

  1. create an open technology environment;
  2. treat data as a national asset; and
  3. foster a culture and framework of collaboration.