‘A Future of Failure?: The Flow of Technology Talent into Government and Civil Society’ was just published by Freedman Consulting, a progressive policy consultancy run by former staffers of Democrat administrations. This important report was sponsored by the MacArthur and Ford Foundations, organizations that are much in tune with leftwing causes and central planning. It recognizes failures – most notably healthcare.gov - by all levels of government to understand, incorporate, and operate systems that have a high technology component.
The report is timely, given what has happen and what portends for Americans as the federal government continues to stumble and bumble in such efforts to inject themselves more and more into our lives and fortunes. Through extensive interviews with government and “civil society” (i.e. NGOs and non-profits) officials and management, the authors conclude that governments are woefully lacking in STEMM (they add ‘medicine’ for the extra ‘M’) knowledge and expertise. RR readers will not be surprised by any of the factual aspects and even most of the conclusions in the report.