|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that government websites should be modernized to meet 21st Century demands while digitizing all paper-based transactions. This change not only modernizes the way we will interact with our government, it will save the federal government money by dropping the price of a constituent-to-government interaction from $30 to $0.20.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that applying such technology changes to the whole government may require more time than given in this bill. Forcing government agencies to update and modernize their technology in a set amount of time might not generate the best results.
The 21st Century IDEA Act aims to update the federal government's web space to meet the latest technology standards. It would digitize government processes and establish several standards for federal websites, including mobile-friendly interfaces in compliance with the latest security protocols.
The bill would require that agencies maintain an online and mobile-friendly version of “any in-person Government transaction or paper-based process,” allowing paper-based forms to be made available in a digital mobile friendly format.
The legislation aims to reduce taxpayer paid agency costs by allowing more in-person transactions to be replaced with online transactions, modernizing the way federal agencies can provide services to their constituency. Rep. Khanna states that the price of a constituent-to-government interaction price can be lowered from an average of $30 to $0.20.
The bipartisan bill, introduced by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), passed the House on November 29th, 2018, receiving support from several technology companies, including Adobe and Oracle.
Sponsored by: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17].
Cosponsored by: 12 Rep / 8 Dem.
Sponsored by: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH].
Cosponsored by: 1 Rep / 1 Dem.