Senator John McCain sounded ignorant again the other day when he suggested that the President send Air Force One to the west coast to pick up computer geniuses and bring them to Washington to fix the healthcare system. Grandstanding again as Republicans do undermines whatever credibility they may have remaining.
Senator Ted Cruz continues his rant against the system, rooting for failure.
When elected officials root for failure among government information systems that is tantamount to treason. Their jobs are to make it work, and not to sabotage government.
In our book titled Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy © 2010 James A. George and James A. Rodger, Wiley, we concluded that the President of the United States should commission the creation of a government performance optimization management system to manage and control the performance of the vastly complex government enterprise.
They don’t have one. Embarking on its creation would be a catalyst for auditing and renewing government information systems and enabling technology, and vastly improving management information systems.
Without such an ongoing initiative, dot gov will fall further behind.
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To improve government enterprise performance, voters need to assess the resumes of candidates to see what qualifications are there that demonstrate information literacy and computer technology competence. We are electing people to office who lack essential skill, knowledge, and experience, and that is part of the problem.
"Computer literacy should be considered a general measurement. People are deemed literate if they can read and write, but literacy is rarely qualified in everyday conversation beyond a grade-level proficiency. With this new definition of computer literacy, a person is either computer literate or not based on how proficient they are at some basic computer tasks. Literacy suggests understanding and the ability to adapt and increase that understanding.
Computer proficiency should describe the skills needed to do whatever tasks are necessary on the computer. Proficiency is not literacy, but the ability to do things based on rote memorization or using very little adaptation. You can, however, use proficiencies to estimate a person’s computer literacy.
What mix of proficiencies can estimate the literacy of a person? A new schematic is in order. The Computer Proficiencies chart in the appendix is a sample of what we could do. If a staff member performs the tasks in a certain proficiency level, their level of computer literacy can be estimated. Some staff members may be able to do most level 2 tasks, but may be missing some of the proficiencies in level 1; just as a person may be able to read at a higher level, but still not have a fully completed, basic lexicon.
Level 1 is the baseline proficiency level, and any skills that a staff member is lacking within this level should be approached and mastered as soon as possible. A staff member who is only at this proficiency level is in danger of falling behind as computer technology and software continue to change.
To be considered computer literate, a person should achieve at least the second, or desired, level of computer literacy. The second level is that of a barely computer-literate person, similar to the literacy of someone with a kindergarten reading level. This level of computer competency is the minimum level that the majority of the library staff should rate. Skills that an employee is lacking could be possibly ignored if their other job skills are high enough.
The third, or target, level is the level of computer proficiency that all library staff should try to achieve; however, staff members who do not have these skills should not be penalized. The more proficiencies a person has, the more literate we can assume they are and the more able to adapt and learn as computer technology and software change. Those achieving this level or greater can be of a great benefit to the library system in which they work."