Attached below is a link to my latest column in FedTech Magazine on this subject. Key focuses are the potential, using IT, to move from "reactive" to "proactive" government, and the key role of data provenance/information pedigree to ensure proactive decisions are based on reliable data. I cite as examples the financial crisis and the BP spill as huge system failures that might be avoided.
What do you think of proactive government? When will the citizenry be ready for it? Can IT produce in such a key role? Can government deliver the high quality, reliable information required to make proactive government a reality? Do you see information pedigree as important?