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RELEASE: Rep. Khanna on the Passage of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA)

November 29, 2018
Press Release
The IDEA is the third piece of legislation introduced by Silicon Valley congressman passed by full House, second bill set to become law.

Washington, DC – Following today’s passage of the IDEA Act in the House Rep. Khanna issued the below statement:

“The 21st Century IDEA will modernize government agencies. It’s time our government agencies adopt the innovative technologies of the 21st Century,” Rep. Khanna said. “Government exists to serve citizens, and this bill ensures government leverages available technology to provide the cohesive, user-friendly online service that people around this country expect and deserve.”

This bipartisan bill, which was co-led with Rep. John Ratcliffe, will lower federal costs and increase efficiency by digitizing government processes through establishing minimum standards for federal websites, digitizing agency forms and promoting electronic signatures. Additionally, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee favorably passed companion legislation introduced by Sen. Portman.

The 21st Century IDEA is the second bill introduced by Rep. Khanna that is poised to become law and his third piece of legislation overall to be passed by the full House. In November of 2017, Khanna’s bill, the bipartisan VALOR Act, which makes it easier for veterans to access apprenticeship programs, was signed into law. That month, Rep. Khanna’s resolution, H Res 599, invoking the War Powers Resolution relating to U.S. involvement in Yemen, passed 366 to 30 following an hour-long debate on the House floor for the first time ever on that issue.


Additional statements of support

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) | lead cosponsor

“The technology we need to improve the federal government’s service capabilities is already out there – now we need to actually use it. I’m glad the House passed the 21st Century IDEA to ensure this will happen in a timely manner, so we can start serving the American people in a more efficient and cost-effective way as soon as possible.”

Jason Mahler | Vice President for Government Affairs, Oracle

“Oracle applauds passage of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (21st Century IDEA Act).  This act will greatly improve how the US Government interacts and provides services to citizens across the entire country, enabling higher quality and more responsive government programs, while modernizing government and increasing efficiency.  This is a great step for good government.”

Matt Schrader |Director of Government Relations, Abobe

“Today’s House passage of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) sets the stage to vastly improve our government’s digital services. This important, bipartisan bill makes customer experience a critical component for federal programs and services. It empowers agencies to put citizens first by transforming websites, online forms and services to be more efficient, secure, searchable and digitally accessible. Data from the 2016 American Consumer Satisfaction Index and the 2017 Forrester Federal Customer Experience Index confirms what we’ve long known—that people want more from their government’s technology investments. The 21stCentury IDEA raises the bar for government-wide digital service delivery. Millions of Americans will finally get what they expect from a federal government experience—one that is modern, streamlined, responsive and draws from the successes of the private sector. Adobe applauds Senator Portman and Representatives Ro Khanna and John Ratcliffe for championing this legislation and for their dedication to make it easier and more cost efficient for citizens to interact with the government.”

Michael J. McCalip | Director, Federal Strategy & Business Development, ServiceNow

“On behalf of ServiceNow, I applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for passage of H.R 5759, the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (21st Century IDEA).  This legislation is a critical next step in the federal government’s IT modernization journey.  Its enactment will bring needed focus on how federal agencies deliver services to citizens, encouraging modern websites, digital forms and connected workflows that will make government more efficient and effective.  The 21st Century IDEA is exactly what the federal government needs now.  We appreciate the efforts of Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to move this bill forward and encourage the U.S. Senate to take up the legislation as soon as possible. Sending the 21st Century IDEA to the President’s desk this year is a critical priority.

Mark MacCarthy | SIIA Senior Vice President for Public Policy, SIIA

“The 21st Century IDEA Act will allow government agencies to modernize and streamline its websites. Agencies will transition away from paper and provide more digital forms. This bill will positively impact how Americans interact with their government. “We applaud the leadership of Representative Ratcliffe (R-TX-4) and Representative Khanna (D-CA-17) for their leadership moving this bill in the House. Now, we urge the Senate to do the same.”

Elizabeth Hyman | Executive Vice President for Public Advocacy, CompTIA

“Gateways to the troves of information held by federal agencies will not only improve citizen access to critical public services in today’s digital age, but also help drive innovation within and outside of the government. We would like to congratulate Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. John Ratcliffe, and the members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for the bi-partisan passage of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (21st Century IDEA). The bill will allow federal agencies to integrate new and emerging technologies and restore the U.S. Government’s leadership in technology and digital government. From modernizing federal agency websites to transitioning agencies away from paper-based forms, this legislation captures the essence of how government should conduct business in the digital age.”



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Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.