OCSIT International Collaboration
OCSIT's Global Government Innovation Networks helps governments around the world interact more effectively by bringing government officials together to share best practices in government administration, particularly information technology. We encourage international governments to share experiences, insights, and ideas with their peers and to collaborate on intergovernmental projects to help governments better serve their citizens.
This office has been at the heart of many international communities since the mid-1990s, becoming a trusted catalyst for open-minded exploration of innovations in government. We have long-standing relationships with senior government leaders in IT and public works agencies across the globe. We coordinate U.S. participation in:
- 5-Nations CIO Council, the national Chief Information Officers from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which meets quarterly by videoconference or face-to-face.
- North American Day, an annual meeting of senior government IT officials from Mexico, Canada and the United States, Trilateral Collaboration led by the CIOs of the three countries, is supported by a formal Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011. Under the MOU, the group set up a framework for groundbreaking international information-sharing on public health issues, identity management, open data, and other cross-border projects.
- International Council for IT in Government Administration (ICA), the premiere international group of senior government IT officials from 20 countries. OCSIT is an active participant in ICA projects.
- U.S.-Canada Bilateral Meetings, where the leaders of GSA and their Canadian government counterparts have met since 2003 to compare notes. A MOU between the agencies calls for the two sets of leaders to collaborate on ongoing public-service issues and to meet face-to-face periodically.