Building Cross-Agency Initiatives, led by Jane E. Fountain, examines the twenty-five cross-agency initiatives implemented as a result of the 2001 President's Management Agenda (PMA). The major research questions of the Building Cross-Agency Initiatives study are:
- Is there a detectable and meaningful transition to the sustainable development of cross-agency initiatives in the U.S. federal government?
- If there is a transition, what are the antecedents and conditions?
- What are the implications of these adjustments for the structure and processes of government?
- What are the generalizable principles and lessons for cyberinfrastructure and organizations?
Fountain has developed conceptual frameworks to model findings and has begun writing cases studies for publication as a book, tentatively to be published by the Brookings Institution Press. The chief conceptual framework for the Building Cross-Agency Initiatives study, Fountain's Multi-level Integrated Information System (MIIS), follows two previous models developed through the Building Cross-Agency Initiatives studies and is drawn from and extends conceptual development by Victor Nee and Paul Ingram (1998). More information about the MIIS model is available in her 2007 chapter in Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Government and 2006 NCDG working paper (# 06-001)
The Building Cross Agency Initiatives study also builds off of Fountain's first book, Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change (Brookings 2001), which was awarded an Outstanding Academic Title 2002 by Choice, and has been translated into and published in Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese. The first chapter of Building the Virtual State is available here [PDF].