Government hasn’t kept pace with advances in technology. Only 13% of major government software projects succeed, and the successful and failed ones alike cost 5–10 times more than they should. When these projects fail, so too do the public policy initiatives that depend on them—unemployment insurance, DMVs, healthcare exchanges, paid family & medical leave, etc.—leaving behind the millions of Americans who rely on those programs.
We are knitting together collections of state agencies based on common needs to help them cooperatively procure, develop, and maintain the software that they all depend on. This will prevent 50 states from buying 50 versions of near-identical, overpriced software, and instead allows them to procure high-quality, fair-priced software just once, and share it among themselves.
We hold monthly meetings of software cooperatives, both existing and aspirational. Join our mailing list if you’d like to be invited to future meetings.