November 18, 2009 By News Report
The National Governors Association (NGA) today sent a letter to Senate and House leadership urging Congress to pass S. 1261, the "Providing for Additional Security in States' Identification Act" (PASS ID), this year. The letter, signed by NGA Chair Vermont Gov. James H. Douglas and NGA Vice Chair West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III, states that "as many as 36 states will not meet the requirements of REAL ID by the end of the year." PASS ID offers a "practical solution" to REAL ID and "enjoys bipartisan support and the endorsement of the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.