A move by the Obama administration to review federal contracting practices, clarify the definition of "inherently governmental" and strengthen the federal workforce could be contradictory to its goal of using technology to encourage participatory democracy, according to Dan Mintz, former chief information officer at the Transportation Department and now a chief technology officer at Computer Sciences Corp.
Mintz said on Friday that the government is making decisions on what should be done in and outside government at the same time the Internet is making government more likely to develop partnerships with outside organizations and other agencies.
"On one hand, you're having a greater push to partnerships between organizations to do functions, but at the same time, you're having a dialogue to bring work inside," he said. "Government has to figure out what it wants to do in that space because you might have contradictory things going on."
What do you think? Is it possible to accomplish both of these goals at the same time?