In an effort to bring greater transparency to legislative policymaking, the U.S. Federal, state, and local governments have been recently been developing and launching a series of public facing performance dashboards. Recent deployments include the open government dashboard, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and big project tracking. Many of these initiatives stem from the stimulus recovery tracking. There has been a push and pull demand for this. The Obama administration has been pushing these efforts aggressively working to support these efforts at the same time the digitally enabled public has been requesting them. The government is using the same software used by the private sector (Oracle, SAP, IBM, etc...) to produce these performance management dashboards. That said, the article does point out the need for quality data, both in terms of providing clean and relevant data. In the upcoming months, look for the government to produce a financial data quality dashboard, a performance management dashboard, and an R&D spending dashboard.
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