” Over the past 12 months, Washington has taken a Silicon Valley-like approach to tackling many of today’s most challenging government IT issues.
For example, the White House has named Google’s Megan Smith as the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Smith left her role as vice president at Google X, where she oversaw highly cutting-edge projects like self-driving cars and aerial drones.
In February, the administration created a new Chief Data Scientist position for the government. The role is being filled by DJ Patil, who is a veteran of technology and Internet companies Skype, PayPal, eBay, and LinkedIn.
Both executives are aiming to bring a new level of innovation to the federal government, while also ensuring mission fulfillment. As this focus on innovation spreads, it’s important for the industry supporting government to adjust as well.
Mirroring Silicon Valley can be harder than it sounds though. We are seeing…
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