The Government exists to serve the public, period.
And yet, it often feels like federal and state services are working against us, rather than for us. The tax filing system is a labyrinth. Disability benefits are a fragmented mess. Healthcare, while a cutting-edge vertical, is mired by outmoded administrative technology. The list goes on.
These are not insignificant services, either. American citizens interact with the government multiple times per year, making substantial changes to their lives. A small business owner might request a loan to save their company. A single parent may renew their driving license so they can continue to drop their kid off at school. These experiences matter. That's why, in December 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order, Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government.
The order's goal was simple: "To promote fiscal stewardship by improving the Government's service delivery to its customers, the American people."
Simple or not, the challenge is significant. Never before has the adage Actions speak louder than words meant so much. So let's take a closer look at the order and the Biden-Harris Administration's plans for customer experience transformation.