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Government spending on Covid consultancy contracts rises to £175m

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The bill for private consultants hired by the government to help combat the coronavirus pandemic has climbed to £175m, as the chair of an influential parliamentary committee revealed that MPs would investigate the multimillion-pound use of management consultancies. The government has bought consulting services from almost 90 different companies as it scrambled to fill gaps […]

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Congress needs to prioritize government digital service delivery

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, federal government employees across the country had to make dramatic changes to the way they operate. The country’s largest workforce shifted toward telework, and citizen services moved to being digital-first or in many cases, digital-only experiences. Government digital service delivery, while ramping up before the pandemic, has […]

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The UN ranks Denmark the highest score for E-Government

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Denmark leads in the United Nations’ E-Government survey 2020, according to the embassy of Denmark in Myanmar’s announcement on 14 August 2020. The E-Government survey by the United Nations’ Department and Economy and Social Affairs ranked 193 countries in terms of digital government readiness and implementation has given Denmark the highest score for the second […]

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Twenty years on, Japan government’s digital ambitions still stuck in piles of paper

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TOKYO — Two decades after Japan rolled out an ambitious plan to go digital, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the government’s deeply rooted technological shortcomings as ministries remain stuck in a paper-driven culture that experts say is hurting productivity. While Tokyo has made “digital transformation” its main policy plank this year, the switch may not […]

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Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital societies. During COVID-19, that became a lifeline

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Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital societies long before the COVID-19 pandemic, providing services such as electronic voting, online learning in schools, digital bureaucracy, and healthcare. When the coronavirus crisis struck, this investment paid off as Estonia’s digital public services continued mostly uninterrupted. Public-private partnerships and trust in public institutions are the […]

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eGovt Solutions donates software to help Governments provide critical unemployment services during COVID-19 crisis

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According to USA Today, Americans are struggling just to start the process of applying for unemployment, as overwhelmed state computer and phone systems have been under siege by an unprecedented 10 million Americans – and counting – seeking assistance all at once after losing their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. In Michigan, where unemployment claims […]