Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra Announces Next Steps for Modernizing Government

On the Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog, Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra writes about the next steps in modernizing government.  Last January, the Obama administration held the White House Forum on Modernizing Government, which brought together more than 50 CEOs from America’s leading technology companies, high-level government officials, labor union leaders and senior White House Staff for a discussion on how government can use technology to save money and improve services.

CTO Chopra writes, “As a follow-up to the Forum, I am pleased to announce that the Office of the Management and Budget has released a follow-up plan entitled “White House Forum on Modernizing Government: Overview and Next Steps“ (pdf). The plan outlines guiding principles that emerged from the Forum as well as next steps to continue engaging the private sector in our efforts to improve government productivity.”

Additionally, the plan points out two areas where private sector best practices have immediate applications for the Federal Government: IT Program Management and Customer Service.  “The eagerness of private sector leaders to lend their expertise, and that of their companies, to the common goal of improving Federal Government operations, represents one of the successes of the Forum. In response, we are also developing mechanisms for ongoing interaction and information sharing between government managers and private sector leaders, to build upon our open government efforts,” CTO Chopra writes.

CTO Chopra says he “looks forward to implementing these recommendations” and adds that improving the technology used by the federal government will make the government work better for the American people.

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