recommended reading

We're No. 7!: US Drops Two Spots in E-Government Rankings

Shutterstock.com

Despite moves by the Obama administration toward digital transparency and open data, the U.S. government now ranks seventh worldwide in e-government, down two spots since 2012, according to a United Nations report on the matter.

Released Wednesday, the E-Government for the Future We Want report contrasted the 185 U.N. members by the E-Government Development Index. The EGDI is made up by three components of e-government: online service index, human capital index, and information and communications technology. South Korea ranked first, with Australia, Singapore, France and the Netherlands rounding out the top five.

The U.S. government received praise for its adoption of mobile-friendly services by the report. In a section noting mobile use, the report lauded the Obama administration for its open data prioritization and its use of apps in delivering services to citizens in its digital government plan.

President Barack Obama has made e-government a priority since taking office in 2008 and signed an open data executive order in 2013. Data.gov, the federal government's data repository, turned 5 in May. The report cited U.S. efforts to support progress in e-government, as well as in its human capital.

The United States of America has taken important steps to drive technology towards sustainable growth and quality jobs through policies that support innovation and education. It has also customized its digital agenda to fit the new tendencies and needs of its citizens, such as cloud computing, smart mobile devices, tablets and high speed networks.

The report also lauded the federal government's moves toward employing more chief data officers at agencies, saying CDOs are "one common need within government agencies" and citing FCC's appointment of CDOs at "at every one of its major bureaus."

Regionally, Europe led the rankings with 16 of the 25 nations in the "Very High EGDI" category and a regional EGDI average of 0.69. The U.S. and Canada were the only two nations from the Americas in that category. The Americas region's average EGDI came in at 0.51.

E-government capacity is highly correlated to the U.N.'s Human Development Index because of the necessary access to technology infrastructure and education. Nations that lack these factors often do not realize the full potential of e-government efforts because citizens are unable to interact with e-government.

The Human Capital Index for North America is much higher than the HCI for all the other subregions: Canada and the U.S. have an average HCI of 0.9170, while in the rest of the continent this index oscillates around 0.70. The U.S. HCI of 0.9390 is third worldwide to Australia's 0.9978 and Ireland's 0.9619. The Human Capital Index measures schooling, adult literacy and other technological literacy components.

The U.S. fell two spots since the last EGDI rankings in 2012, as Japan, Australia and Singapore leapfrogged the nation. Japan jumped 18 places from 2012-2014, largely thanks to creating a new IT reform strategy. The Japanese program "allowed almost all applications and other forms used by the national government to be submitted online."

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

    Download
  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.