July 29, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
With so-called "sovereignty" resolutions, 28 states have begun efforts to resist federal programs that they say violate the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal today announced that state's sovereignty bill, making Wyoming the latest to raise the issue. Freudenthal, in a release, cited the Real ID Act, The Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act as unfunded mandates that usurp the functions and responsibilities of state government.
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.