Alliance for Digital Innovation Releases 2021 Priorities to Improve Technology Policy and Law

Alliance for Digital Innovation Releases 2021 Priorities to Improve Technology Policy and Law

Leading technology advocacy organization provides 10 key recommendations for the Biden Administration and 117th Congress to accelerate a modern, digital government 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Alliance for Digital Innovation released their 2021 priorities for action by the incoming Biden Administration and the United States Congress. The recommendations call for changes in both policy and law that will help ensure the government can effectively leverage Innovative commercial capabilities to drive mission outcomes, ensure appropriate and effective security of agency networks and citizen data, and build a new foundation for sustained, enhanced digital service delivery.

“ADI has developed a set of legislative and policy proposals that we believe can unite both parties and both the Legislative and Executive branches of government,” the paper states. “These efforts will empower Federal agencies to thoughtfully and effectively leverage innovative commercial technology and cybersecurity capabilities, reduce wasteful spending on outdated technology and infrastructure, and ensure government builds a robust, yet agile, foundation for long-term digital transformation.”

The paper provides a set of common sense steps that President-elect Biden and Congress can take to reform outdated laws that hamper IT modernization, and push agencies to more readily adopt enterprise-wide commercial capabilities to improve the citizen experience. “In an oftentimes divided Washington, ADI knows that accelerating innovation and improving government operations to lower costs and enhance service delivery for our fellow citizens are true bipartisan areas of agreement. These recommendations present real opportunities to unleash digital transformation to deliver better outcomes to taxpayers,” says Matthew Cornelius, Executive Director at ADI.

To overcome current challenges and embrace these new opportunities, ADI recommends the Biden Administration and 117th Congress focus on 3 key pillars and 10 transformative recommendations:

Pillar 1: Fix the Way the Government Acquires and Uses Technology Solutions

  1. Reform and Rewrite a New Legislative Foundation for Federal IT
  2. Adopt Enterprise-wide Commercial Capabilities
  3. Expand Innovative Acquisition Authorities
  4. Address Outdated Funding Models for IT Projects

Pillar 2: Secure Federal Networks, Data, and Information

  1. Scale Secure Telework
  2. Update FISMA
  3. Move from Check-the-Box Compliance to Risk-Based Decision Making

Pillar 3: Create a Strong Foundation for the Future of IT Modernization

  1. Modernize Federal Technology Service Delivery
  2. Empower the Federal Technology Workforce
  3. Improve Performance of Federal IT Spending

Read the white paper here.