Globalization: 3) US Congressman says “Obama Lost at what US First Ever Chief Technology Officer Should Do

[SOURCE: nextgov, AUTHOR: Aliya Sternstein]
A lawmaker who backed the recent selection of Aneesh Chopra for White House chief technology officer continues to push his bill to make the position permanent, more powerful and more expansive, because the job’s responsibilities are not what President Obama had first described. Rep Gerald Connolly (D-VA) is still backing a bill ( H.R. 1910) he introduced on April 2, because the job the president granted Chopra — coordinating national strategies to spur innovation throughout the economy — is not the role outlined during the transition. At that time, Obama said the responsibilities would be “to ensure the safety of our networks and lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices.” The CTO — the first-ever in government — will focus more on leveraging technology to drive public and private innovation rather than using technology to transform government operations. Vivek Kundra, Obama’s chief information officer, who resides in the Office of Management and Budget, will play that role by overseeing governmentwide information technology. Obama made the CTO an assistant to the president, with direct access to him, and an associate director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, reporting to OSTP Director John Holdren. In contrast, the Connolly proposal would station an official in the Executive Office of the President to supervise both technology governmentwide and national technology strategies.

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