Emily Fort, project lead for the Office of Management and Budgets MAX federal program, delivered an eSeminar on the Federal Computer Week website, presenting on the growing initiative’s design and increasing scope.
Fort described the “Common Solutions” of the “Budget Formulation & Execution Line of Business” that would help streamline the process in the future. One of the major points was the need for collaboration across the federal government on issues not limited to budgeting.
Through the MAX federal program wiki, government employees, government ID-holding contractors and sponsored contractors may contribute information to the system in an easy, secure, comprehensive interface.
Fort feels that MAX is a more serviceable tool for the federal government than programs like Microsoft Word and Excel or e-mail.
“We’ve all had issues with e-mail,” said Fort, describing the oft-repeated instance of losing a conversation in a packed inbox. “Also, others can’t get up to speed on your work when coming on board a project. All your information and decision procedures are essentially locked in your e-mail.”
MAX enables users to post documents, provide insight and comments and edit material. Discussion and information communities can be limited to a particular team, agency or group of agencies.
One such community is the budget community where users are able to post budget data requests, among other things.
Each agency has its own space on MAX along with its logo and administration.
“Non-techies are able to contribute, too,” said Fort, referring to the easy to use tools on the site.
Fort says that MAX currently claims 27,000 users and gains an additional 1,000 users each month.