Spring 2006 Course Description

Policy Research Project

Section Title: State E-Government Strategies: Identifying Best Practices & Applications
Instructor(s): Sherri Greenberg
Course: P A 682B - Policy Research Project
Unique Number: 62435
Day & Time: Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.103
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Description: This research project, sponsored by the Congressional Research Service, will examine current state level e-government plans, practices and applications. Electronic government (?e-government?) currently is one of the leading approaches to government reform, with initiatives being carried out at the local, state, national and international levels. However, frequently there is little meaningful coordination or communication between these various e-government initiatives.

E-government is a rapidly growing interest of Congress and is one of the primary oversight jurisdictions of both the House Committee on Government Reform, and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. One of the often-stated goals of e-government is to eliminate duplication and better integrate government processes, both within and between levels of government. However, there are growing concerns in Congress about appropriating funds for unproven techniques and investing in possibly redundant projects. Congress actively is overseeing e-government initiatives and is attempting to work with OMB and state governments to identify best practices, common standards, and successful strategies. The lack of reliable information on state-level initiatives has been a significant hurdle to achieving these goals. A comparative study that better identifies the universe of state-level e-government activities could help address this problem.

This project would involve a survey of the e-government strategies of all fifty states. Although some surveys of state websites exist, these studies generally provide a simple discussion of the website features with little insight into the resources and practices behind them. Consequently, there is a noticeable gap in the public policy literature of a comprehensive, comparative analysis of state e-government initiatives. In addition to surveying the states on e-government, students will conduct case studies of a select number of states based on interviews and analysis of materials. These cases could serve as examples of especially successful initiatives and highlight issues that are of interest to Congress such as enterprise architecture development, geospatial applications, and information sharing.

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