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H.R.5759 / S.3050 - 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience (IDEA) Act

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To improve executive agency digital services, and for other purposes.

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.

“Oracle applauds passage of the [21st Century IDEA Act]. This act will greatly improve how the US Government interacts and provides services to citizens across the entire country, enabling higher quality and more responsive government programs, while modernizing government and increasing efficiency. This is a great step for good government,” said Jason Mahler, Vice President for Government Affairs, Oracle.

“The 21st Century IDEA enables accessible and efficient government resources, reduces production costs, and encourages continuous digital enhancement,” sponsor of the legislation Rep. Khanna said. “Government exists to serve citizens, and this bill ensures government leverages available technology to provide the cohesive, user-friendly online service that people around this country expect and deserve.”

“The federal government exists to serve American people, and the 21st Century IDEA will ensure we’re meeting our citizens’ needs in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible,” Rep. Ratcliffe said. “Our bill takes advantage of new and emerging technologies that can drastically improve the way our federal agencies provide critical services to folks across the country, including people with disabilities or those who live in rural areas with limited access to traditional, in-person assistance services.”


Sponsored by: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17].

Cosponsored by: 12 Rep / 8 Dem.

See list of cosponsors.


Sponsored by: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH].

Cosponsored by: 1 Rep / 1 Dem.

See list of cosponsors.

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