This article originally appeared on the BeyeNETWORK.
Government business intelligence can help the bureaucracy run more efficiently. Recently, there has been quite a push towards e-government, making the services of federal, state and local government easily available online. E-government eventually promises to make the days of waiting in line at the DMV or Social Security office a thing of the past. However, as evidenced by the lack of online services available federally and at the state level, we have a long way to go.
One of the main roadblocks to widespread government business intelligence is a lack of a data standard. Countless county governments each have their own ways of documenting citizen and bureaucratic data. Governments with limited resources are not as able to automate services and processes as wealthier cities and towns. Other obstacles include a lack of skilled technicians, problems with subcontractors, political foot-dragging and a "Big Brother" fear held by many throughout the country.
Government Business Intelligence is Necessary for E-Government
Government business intelligence is needed in order to ensure safety and security in the future. The benefits alone of data sharing between local authorities and federal intelligence agencies could reduce crime levels as well as lower the risk of terrorist attacks. Census data collected every 10 years could be integrated with existing data from other organizations to provide the government with a clearer picture of whom they are representing.
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