Why SimpleGov

From SimpleGov

SimpleGov is a technology platform empowering anyone to improve their city, state, and federal government.

SimpleGov is the first web application to connect users with the agency officials who impact so much of their lives.

With SimpleGov, you can contact, engage, and rate over 45,000 agencies and officials. For the first time ever, citizens can directly interact with their unelected officials and discuss policy solutions for any issue.

How It Works

SimpleGov is built upon Projects - any request, campaign, or discussion to change an aspect of law, policy, or governance. Each Project contains a problem and solution and is automatically connected to the responsible Agencies and Officials. The database contains 45,000+ entries, built on a Wikimedia platform that enables continual user editing and updating.

Every agency and official is dynamically rated on a multi-issue 1-100 scale. Ratings are based on each problem, any official replies, or other actions they take. Agencies and officials are ranked against each other in jurisdictions and issues, quantifying their efficiency for citizens to easily see.

Why Agencies?

Every government action is performed by an agency official. From local police officers enforcing the Vehicle Code to Border Patrol officials enforcing U.S. immigration law, agency officials do virtually everything. Agencies write and enforce regulations, which vastly outnumber the laws from elected representatives.

When we see corruption or inefficiencies in our government, the tendency is to direct our ire toward our more visible elected state or federal officials. The truth is Agencies and the Officials directing them have a tremendous amount of power in terms of enforcing or not enforcing the laws dictated to them by Congress. However, these agencies and officials can’t optimize policy, nor do they normally receive information from the public in a manner that incentivizes them to do the right thing.

SimpleGov restores the incentives by providing citizens a method to praise and critique those agencies and officials in a public, transparent, and equitable manner.