You may be thinking to yourself, “What's the big deal about this website? What's the big deal about data standardization? What’s the big deal about government forms at one level or the other?” After all in your neck of the woods, the highways haven't broken apart, water hasn’t gone out, the light and the electrical system hasn’t malfunctioned. So, what kind of disaster are we trying to head off anyway? What kind of catastrophe are we working in such a collaborative way against? I understand where you’re coming from, but here's the thing. Government data is important for projection purposes. In other words, the government needs to know what problems exist, how they’re being dealt with, what kind of solutions to pursue and, most importantly, what kind of budgets need to be involved.
These require hard data. People cannot just rattle off some sort of opinion. They can’t just pull an idea or conclusion out of the thin blue air. They can’t just roll some chicken bones and look to the skies and hope for the best that their answer somehow some way makes sense.
They need hard data because budgetary governmental units like the legislature as well as budget-related bureaucracies need hard data to support their funding requests.
Unfortunately, this is a double-edged sword. A lot of bureaucracies were formed to deal with problems that no longer exist. Maybe it’s a rural electrification. Perhaps it’s rural water supply. Possibly, it’s some sort of product promotion. Whatever the case may be the problem has come and gone. The days of needing that particular bureaucratic layer are long over.
As you can well imagine, these people are shaking in their boots. They’re basically looking to the government funding unit to ensure their survival. They feel that they have to say the right things at the right time to the right people to produce the right result.
The right result, of course, is the fact that they still have a job to go to the next day. The right result, of course, means that they keep their budget this year the same way it was last year. The best result, of course, is for them to maintain the same head count. Do you see how this works?
So, it is no surprise that when government data forms are created, they are often created with a subconscious disregard for data continuity, consistency and standardization. The more fragmented the government is and the more layers it has, the more jobs there are in the whole system. This really all boils down to job security.
However, this is a serious problem because the more bloated the government has and the more unnecessary layers it has, the more expensive it would be to run the whole system, and this money is being wasted because it could have been money that should have been left in the pockets of the taxpayers. Do you see how this works?
This is why all government forms are not created equal. This is by design. This is intentional. This is not some random fluke or accident. This is on purpose because the powers that be, as far as bureaucracy in local and state governments is concerned, don’t want real change.