This morning at the IAC/ACT Management of Change Conference in Norfolk, VA the newly confirmed Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Aneesh Chopra outlined his priorities. Based on personal notes taken during the talk, here they are. What do you think of them?
I. Use rigorous policy changes to transform the economy through tech-based innovation. Harness federal/state/local collaboration.
II. Address the President’s major priorities like growing the economy, improving education, and changing the health care cost curve, through innovation platforms – game changers that make government better/cheaper/faster. The private sector needs to lead within a culture of open standards, basic research and development may be shifted to some more advanced work, and we must learn how to better crowdsource public sector innovation.
III. Driving reliable, resilient, and trustworthy broadband infrastructure. The FCC should take the lead on this. Cybersecurity plays an important role as well, and we need to have a bug-free software development process (cybersecurity is “baked in” to the software, as federal CIO Vivek Kundra says).
IV. Create a cultural change in participatory democracy, open government, and collaboration. We should thoughtfully incorporate the public’s thoughts at the start of the policy process rather than just at the end (”for comment”) to harness the brainpower of the American people. Every main Cabinet agency should create on signature program in this area within one year, and focus on top policy priorities. Finally, the CTO, CIO, and the GSA will create an “innovation sandbox” that is a set of products on a menu that agencies can “order up” for use.