Sending Office: Honorable Ro Khanna
Cosponsor H.R. 5759, the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA)
Original Cosponsors (16): Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), John Ratcliffe (R-Texas),
Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), Ryan Costello (R-Pa.),
John R. Curtis (R-Utah), Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.),
Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.),
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Steve Russell (R-Okla.), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ).
Supported by: The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), The Software Alliance (BSA), Adobe, Oracle, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Software and Information Industry Association (SiiA), ServiceNow
Our constituents deserve and expect a modern, cost effective digital experience when interacting with their government – an experience that mirrors the private sector. The need for enhancing citizen-facing digital services is clear. Making such changes will
dramatically drive down the cost of government operations and improve our constituents’ experience with the government.
Restoring our government’s global leadership in technology and digital government requires a new approach. To that end,
H.R. 5759, the
21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) is needed to modernize federal agency websites, support the increase use of mobile devices, and transition away paper-based forms to create a 21st Century government experience.
Our bill requires all executive agencies to: modernize their public-facing websites, consolidate and personalize web content, make information searchable and discoverable, ensure secure connections, ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities,
increase the use of web and data analytics to improve website operations, and comply with GSA Technology Transformation Service U.S. Website standards.
The IDEA also requires each executive agency to promote the digitization of all public-facing services and transition from paper-based forms to digital. To achieve a similar goal, agencies will be required to submit a plan to increasing the use of electronic
signatures on contracts and related documents. This increased use of electronic signatures will speed up government approval processes.
Without an agency official responsible for implementing these requirements, these changes will not be made. To that end, the bill gives responsibility to the Chief Information Officer of each executive agency, or their designee, to ensure the funding and
implementation of these requirements.
Bringing the technology that exists in the private sector to government agencies is long overdue. This bill will make the citizens’ experience interacting with government more enjoyable, quicker, and less costly. It will save the taxpayer money and bring
our government into the 21st Century.
Ro Khanna John Ratcliffe
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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