Academic journal article The Journal of Government Financial Management

We've Come a Long Way

Academic journal article The Journal of Government Financial Management

We've Come a Long Way

Article excerpt

I've seen amazing advancement in technology during my lifetime and throughout my professional career. For example, having worked in the wireless industry during the days of flip-phones, I've thoroughly enjoyed the evolution to smartphones that can do more than an average computer could a decade ago. Mobile devices have changed the frequency and ways in which we communicate with one another. Although the technological changes in government finance might not seem as drastic or dramatic, I hope you feel pride in the advances made and for where the industry is headed.

The data and technology changes addressed in this issue represent great strides both in technology and in government efficiency, including narrowing the divide between payments and remittance processing as discussed on page 46, and enterprise data management, as discussed on page 34.

Some articles about technological advances come with warnings about vulnerabilities such as privacy or other safety concerns. Think back to the first video games, like Pong; the biggest safety concerns revolved around the side effects of staring at a screen for hours at a time. Now think about Pokémon Go. Bigger concerns present themselves, such as privacy, data sharing, and the physical dangers of not paying attention to surroundings while staring at a phone.

Likewise, technological advances in our professional lives can leave government systems and data more vulnerable. …

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