San Francisco seeks public input on government tech

San Francisco seeks public input on government tech

San Francisco is seeking citizen input on the city's government technology plan.

The deputy director of the city’s Committee on Information Technology (COIT), Matthias Jaime, said the was an attempt to make the process more transparent. Two other surveys were conducted this year, one of city employees and another of agency CIOs in which surveyed respondents were also interviewed. COIT also conducted individual interviews and held public meetings and workshops to get input, Jamie said.

The information gleaned from the unofficial Survey Monkey poll will be used to help guide decisions that go into the city’s Information and Communication Technology Plan. The city writes a every other year.

The most recent plan set out three strategic goals for the city's IT: improve access and transparency; increase efficiency and effectiveness; and support, maintain and secure critical infrastructure.

The public survey isn’t complete, but so far city residents have placed a slight edge on efficiency and effectiveness, he said.

In March 2017, CIOT  will make recommendations to the mayor who will have the final say of whether the recommendations are implemented through the budgeting process.

Jaime said the last time COIT sent recommendations to the mayor’s office it was suggesting a 10 percent increase to a $25 million technology budget. They got it. “I think that this is all really good input to start thinking about how we best use our money,” he said.

The survey will be up until it receives 500 responses, which Jaime expects will be around Christmas.

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