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As the "new" sharing economy emerges, one of the questions that is also emerging is how politics plays into this. We have done an analysis of how the collaborative economy is viewed by both liberals and conservatives, and have found that there are aspects of this movement that both ends of the political spectrum will like and dislike.

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Here Comes The Sharing Economy

By Alan Webber

The sharing economy and its corresponding business models have been exploding on to the economy over the last five to ten years. From oDesk to Craigslist to Uber, new businesses based upon a traditional model of sharing resources but empowered by technologies like the smartphone are having significant impacts on what we buy, how we use it, and what happens when we are done. Understanding the public sector roles of these companies (such as does Uber have the same responsibilities as a taxi company in a snowstorm) to understanding the changes these companies drive in traditional models to understanding how the public sector can and should respond are critical, and will be part of my upcoming research agenda.

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An Early Look at the FY 2016 U.S. Federal IT Budget

By Shawn P. McCarthy – 2 Comments

The proposed Federal Information Technology budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is a plan that shows minimal growth. Yet, it does pack a few budgeting surprises, including substantial growth at the Office of Personal Management (OPM) and decreases at the Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD).

Here's the broader picture. The total proposed budget for FY 2016 is $79.8 billion. In theory, that's roughly a 1.8% increase over last fiscal year's budget of $78.3 billion. We say "roughly" because federal IT budgets often change between when they first are shared early in the year and later in the year when they are formally approved. We offer a federal information technology budget breakout by agency.

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