Time for Government Clouds is Now

When I hear many government executives talk about cloud computing today, they still express a view that cloud computing is in their future but the timing is very vague.  Some have undertaken limited cloud initiatives but too many have not.  But of course this hesitancy to adopt a new technology is not without precedent. Back […]

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E-Government vs. Digital Government in Tax Administrations

Much has been written about digital government recently, appropriately lauding the concept of bringing government services and use of technology to the level of the private sector.  But concern has been expressed about the potential for the investment in this area to simply be e-government on steroids.  It would be sad if this was the […]

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Data Driven Government paper available

In an earlier post, I mentioned a paper I was writing on Data Driven Government to emphasize the importance of, and some suggestions for addressing, the growth in data available to tax administrations. That paper has now been published and can be downloaded here. Coincidental to the publication date, last week I was at a […]

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Adding value to the tax ecosystem

The term “ecosystem” has been heard in some tax administration circles for more than 10 years now but the concept has yet to take hold or even be fully understood by tax administrators. In the “old” world in which I spent my government career, governments made policy, issued directions for compliance with policy, answered questions […]

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Better Tax Administration Through Better Use of Data

“We have all this data, so why don’t I have the information I need to make the decisions I need to make?” This statement could potentially come from C-Suite executives in either the private or public sector but it is a component of most of the discussions I have had recently with tax agencies CEOs […]

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Moving Tax Administration Forward

The world is changing. I suspect that this statement is older than recorded history. But it has never been truer. Futurist Tomas Frey pointed out in 2013 that society is likely to go through more changes in the next 20 years than in all previous human history. The stereotypical view of government is that it […]

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