News these days are that the National Security Agency’s practices derived from the Patriot Act has become too difficult for the Courts and for Congress to manage. Why is this?
The root cause is that managers of government developers and users of advanced technology require technical skill, knowledge and experience that are equal to and greater than those being supervised. They don't have it, and therefore are failing to manage, and to regulate. This is a profound observation and reality that demands action.
You see, the NSA circumstance presents a lesson for American citizens, and that is that the people we elect to government office need to be the brightest persons with superior capabilities. Anything less will translate to deficiencies in government management capability and capacity to govern.
While the US Constitution is skimpy in defining qualifications for elected officials, it is intended to be the starting position, and not the comprehensive set of contemporary requirements.
Needed by citizens in the form of elected officials, are persons who possess representative knowledge, skills, experience and proficiency across a broad and deep set of national needs. Our system currently addresses this requirement in a random and haphazard manner that results in government dysfunction that is unmanaged, as well as unmanageable.
We the People can’t just throw up our hands and do nothing, because we can take charge of the situation by acting to improve it.
Here is a list of the work that must be done to improve the American system of government by improving representation and management. It will take contributions from the brightest American sources.
List of actions to improve government
- Start a program initiative for deriving and defining the capabilities required to manage the scope and scale of the U.S. government enterprise.
- Initiate an academic initiative for determining better ways for government to ensure that the system is properly staffed in all branches with persons who possess essential capabilities and with the necessary capacity to govern.
- Based upon an essential level of diligence, readdress the design of the American political system and resulting government enterprise necessary for optimizing return on national resources and for providing an optimal life for all its citizens.
- Needed is a new American government enterprise concept of operations and enterprise architecture to address the considerable needs of the nation that results in producing a sustainable economy.
These are just the groundwork actions needed to produce the substance on which to rebuild and renew the American political system so that it is capable of attending our present and future needs.