While a productivity boom has transformed private sector performance over the past two decades, the federal government has almost entirely missed this transformation and now lags far behind on efficiency and service quality. We are wasting billions of dollars a year, and more importantly are missing out on the huge productively improvements other sectors have benefited from.
Quite simply, we can’t significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government without fixing IT.
Some rather astounding (albeit not surprising) numbers on some of the horrendously wasteful projects in government IT. I hope this starts a similar movement in the other branches of government, because all told this would make a massive difference in government spending, and that's rather critical right now.
Using free and open source software for all projects where it's feasible would certainly help as well.