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Accenture Survey Shows Federal Agencies See Benefits of Digital Tools

Accenture Survey Shows Federal Agencies See Benefits of Digital Tools, but Concerns About Costs, Budgets Remain
Source: Accenture

More than two years after the White House announced its Digital Government Strategy to better meet citizen needs, federal agencies report positive outcomes from digital services, but remain concerned over budget constraints and costs of implementation, according to survey research conducted by Accenture Federal Services and Government Business Council.

The survey research was designed to assess the perceptions, attitudes and experiences regarding digital collaboration and service delivery of nearly 400 senior-level executives across more than 30 U.S. federal defense and civilian agencies. The findings are outlined in a report, Delivering on Digital Government.

According to the report, government executives believe digital services help drive improved collaboration within and across federal organization and help harness emerging technologies to enable people – and an increasingly mobile workforce – to access high quality information and government services.

The survey indicates that three in four respondents identified positive outcomes from digital services, including improved employee efficiency or productivity (selected by 49 percent of respondents) and increased ease of service delivery to citizens (48 percent). More than one-third (37 percent) said that digital tools also save customers time.

Yet only 33 percent of respondents said they had realized cost savings by implementing digital tools. In fact, the majority of respondents (63 percent) cite limited budgets as the biggest barrier to digital adoption, with 50 percent reporting that agencies are not allocating an appropriate level of funding to support digital tools and services.

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CRS Insights: Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (October 1, 2014)

CRS Insights: Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (October 1, 2014)

Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

On September 16, 2014, President Obama announced a major increase in the U.S. response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Department of Defense (DOD) submitted requests to Congress to make excess Overseas Contingency Operations funds appropriated for FY2014 available to support this effort. The requested funds would be used to provide humanitarian assistance, including:

  • transportation of DOD and non-DOD personnel and supplies;
  • coordination of delivery of supplies from both DOD and non-DOD sources such as isolation units,
  • personnel protective equipment, and medical supplies;
  • construction of 17 planned Ebola treatment units;
  • and, training and education in support of sanitation and mortuary affairs functions to limit the spread of the Ebola outbreak.

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CRS — The Military Commissions Act of 2009 (MCA 2009): Overview and Legal Issues

The Military Commissions Act of 2009 (MCA 2009): Overview and Legal Issues (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

On November 13, 2001, President Bush issued a Military Order (M.O.) pertaining to the detention, treatment, and trial of certain non-citizens in the war against terrorism. Military commissions pursuant to the M.O. began in November 2004 against four persons declared eligible for trial, but the Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld invalidated the military commissions as improper under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). To permit military commissions to go forward, Congress approved the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA), conferring authority to promulgate rules that depart from the strictures of the UCMJ and possibly U.S. international obligations. Military commissions proceedings were reinstated and resulted in three convictions under the Bush Administration.

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