My friend, Bill Bott, comments rightly about the shuttering of the US Department of Defense Business Transformation Agency.
It certainly sounds like folks like me would oppose such a move, but as Bill calls out in the piece, it is the design of the solution tht was the problem. We were fighting the last war. We structured a solution that was top-down in a bottom-up world. When we could have simply had a few folks driving hard with a mission to create Government as a Platform, we funded a 300+ Million dollar organization that became a bureaucracy itself.
What we need to do is enable. Enable citizens. Enable non-profits. Enable developers. Enable you.
At the Department of State they designed the right solution. Ross and Cohen can have a huge impact. With simple hand held devices, a committed executive and a mission.