Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor in political science and public policy, was named last month to the “Top Federal 100” by Federal Computer Week. She is one of only two academics to make the list.
“Federal IT would not function without people like this year’s Fed 100,” said the magazine. “And at a time when optimism can be hard to muster in government, their stories are a refreshing reminder of what one person can make possible.”
As founder and director of the National Center for Digital Government, Fountain has a long history evaluating and researching federal IT policies and organizations. In 2013, she released a report through the Administrative Conference of the United States titled “Examining Constraints To, and Providing Tools For, Cross-Agency Collaboration.” She also translated her research into a report for IBM’s Center for the Business of Government titled “Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers.” Both examine how the traditionally stove-piped federal bureaucracy has sought to become more collaborative in light of technological innovations. Her comments on how to improve such collaboration have earned her the title of “collaboration guru” by Federal Computer Week.
Fountain is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government, which she formerly chaired, and serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Innovation. She was also a member of the American Bar Association’s committee on the future of e-rulemaking.
Fountain is the author of “Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change,” which was awarded an Outstanding Academic Title in 2002 by Choice and has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish.