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house Bill H.R. 5759

Should Federal Agencies Have More Defined Standards For Technology Modernization?

Argument in favor

U.S. government websites and technologies are badly in need of modernization. They’re slow, difficult to use, and often outdated. As citizens become used to doing things online, they should be able to interact with government agencies digitally.

Phillip's Opinion
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11/29/2018
Every government department website should mimic each other and have basic functions so anyone can go to any department and know what to do. However when the government of the day is actively removing information from them perhaps some independent vetting is needed.
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Matt's Opinion
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11/29/2018
In an era of randomware and incredibly sophisticated viral software of many forms, this is so basically common sense it hurts.
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11/29/2018
Most federal government websites are very user friendly, such as Whitehouse.gov. But, there are some that need some work, for sure. This should help.
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Argument opposed

Forcing government agencies to accelerate their timelines for modernizing their technologies and websites before they’re ready could create new risks in the form of improperly deployed new technologies or the breakage of old, existing technologies.

Cynthia's Opinion
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11/29/2018
Let's spend out hard earned taxes on more urgent needs, put this on the back burner, not even on simmer. And BUILD THE WALL. Many of USa voted for our President Trump on this important platform, it is number one and must be done. Or we become Germany, UK, Sweden, France, Italy, or California, perhaps altered and forever ruined like the nations these 'migrants' are being forced out of and into the civilized west.
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JTJ's Opinion
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11/28/2018
Remember the Obamacare rollout? This will be ineffective, insecure, and a huge waste of taxpayers money.
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Anthony's Opinion
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11/29/2018
No. Caution is the word when it comes to technology especially without clearly defined goals and without a CBO analysis of project definition and scope and cost estimates. Throwing money at such a broad and pervasive need without comprehensive planning and analysis is not only costly but dangerous.
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      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMay 10th, 2018
    Every government department website should mimic each other and have basic functions so anyone can go to any department and know what to do. However when the government of the day is actively removing information from them perhaps some independent vetting is needed.
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    Let's spend out hard earned taxes on more urgent needs, put this on the back burner, not even on simmer. And BUILD THE WALL. Many of USa voted for our President Trump on this important platform, it is number one and must be done. Or we become Germany, UK, Sweden, France, Italy, or California, perhaps altered and forever ruined like the nations these 'migrants' are being forced out of and into the civilized west.
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    In an era of randomware and incredibly sophisticated viral software of many forms, this is so basically common sense it hurts.
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    Most federal government websites are very user friendly, such as Whitehouse.gov. But, there are some that need some work, for sure. This should help.
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    Absolutely, why not. #MAGA
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    The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience (IDEA)Act I STRONGLY recommend and support the passage of the House bill H.R. 5759 AKA - the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience (IDEA)Act — would set clear benchmarks and speed up the timeline for federal agencies to improve their internal and external digital service delivery and infrastructures. It has four key pillars — user-friendly websites, access for digital transactions, e-signature usage, and security standards — which are translated into the 21st Century digital government priorities detailed below: U.S. government websites and technologies are badly in need of modernization. They’re slow, difficult to use, and often outdated. As citizens become used to doing things online, they should be able to interact with government agencies digitally. SneakyPete..... 🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸. 11*28*18
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    No. Caution is the word when it comes to technology especially without clearly defined goals and without a CBO analysis of project definition and scope and cost estimates. Throwing money at such a broad and pervasive need without comprehensive planning and analysis is not only costly but dangerous.
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    Remember the Obamacare rollout? This will be ineffective, insecure, and a huge waste of taxpayers money.
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    Please. It’s mind blowing how elementary and non user friendly government sites are. Also, let’s hope this will lead to the road toward our ability to vote online or in a voting app-which has been long overdue. The development of encryption should have been the moment we got to work on this idea.
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    I hate a smart Alec but....DUH! Technology is not going away. As a matter of fact it is increasing and upgrading at an incredible rate. We have to keep up to be secure and to be competitive. And our government needs to learn more about technolgy so they can ask intelligent questions when they interview these tech giants that are censoring conservatives!!!!!!!
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    The problem is not the standards the problem is politicians running against the government and the government “kill the beast politics” which grossly underfunds or contracts out key federal functions while Congress pretends not to know and understand. The. Of course there’s we the people who have no idea how government works or should work — we just keep drinking the Kool Aid. Sad really.
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    Yes, and instead of giving Any & All Congress People TAXPAYER'S MONEY to REDECORATE THE FREAKING OFFICES, USE "OUR TAX DOLLARS" ON USEFUL THINGS!
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    All should be stringently refined, upgraded constantly, monitored, and have the highest degree of security with multiple redundancies and constant oversight of machines and personnel!
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    If they do not make it as confusing as a trip to the DMV.
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    The government needs to get away from controlling everything.
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    Why do we have to create a law for people to do a good job? Who would enforce such a law? I might be missing something but this sounds silly to me.
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    U.S. government websites and technologies are badly in need of modernization. They’re slow, difficult to use, and often outdated. As citizens become used to doing things online, they should be able to interact with government agencies digitally.
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    Digital technologies are only going to be more common place. Government needs to keep pace and this measure should be enacted.
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    Having a clearly defined federal guideline is always a good thing. For instance, standing up a private server to circumvent FOI requests should carry a mandatory federal prison sentence. If federal technology concerns were clearly mandated, there would be no excuse for circumventing federal systems and physical tech.
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    For sure
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