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Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies that are Transforming Government

June 8, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

About the Author — William D. Eggers, a leading authority on public-private partnerships and government reform, is responsible for research and thought leadership for Deloitte’s Public Sector industry practice.

He is the author of eight books, including his newest, co-authored with Paul Macmillan, The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises are Teaming up to Solve Society’s Biggest Problems (Harvard Business Press, September 2013). The book, which The Wall Street Journal calls “pulsating with new ideas about civic and business and philanthropic engagement,” was named to ten best books of the year lists.

His earlier books, including the Washington Post best seller If We Can Put a Man on the Moon, have won numerous awards including “best books on policy, leadership and public services” from The Guardian, the 2014 Axiom book award for best book on business theory, the Louis Brownlow award for best book on public management, the Sir Antony Fisher award for best book promoting an understanding of the free economy, and the Roe Award for leadership and innovation in public policy research. He coined the term "Government 2.0" in a book of the same name.

His commentary has appeared in dozens of major media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He can be reached on twitter @wdeggers.

About the Book — When HealthCare.gov went live in October 2013, many called the website a catastrophe. For the U.S. Federal government, however, the problem-plagued launch ultimately proved pivotal: it underscored the necessity of digital excellence in public institutions and inspired hundreds of the tech industry’s best and brightest to come to Washington with the singular mission to modernize government.

Today, some government agencies are still running software from the 1960s. So how do you take a government built on agrarian- and industrial-era frameworks and redesign it as a fully digital state? We must imagine a new kind of government.

Imagine prison systems that use digital technology to return nonviolent offenders promptly and securely into society. Imagine a veterans health care system built around delivering a personalized customer experience for every Vet. Imagine filing your taxes or opening a business online in mere minutes—it’s already possible in Estonia. We now have the digital tools (cloud computing, mobile devices, analytics) and the talent to stage a real transformation. This book provides the handbook to make it happen.

William Eggers, author of eight books and a leading authority on government reform, knows how we can use tech-savvy teams, strong leadership, and innovative practices to reduce the risks and truly achieve a digitally transformed government.




June 8, 2016
8:00 pm
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DC United States


William Eggers