recommended reading

State of the union fails to leverage tech-savvy administration

Anyone expecting the leader of the most technology-focused White House to date to offer an innovation roadmap for the battered economy was probably disappointed in President Obama's state of the union address Tuesday evening.

Obama made a glancing reference to recently-announced plans for Business.USA.gov, a new federal website to help entrepreneurs, businesses and the unemployed navigate mountains of relevant federal data, when he mentioned the experiences of Jackie Bray, "a single mom from North Carolina who was laid off from her job as a mechanic."

"I want to cut through the maze of confusing training programs, so that from now on, people like Jackie have one program, one website, and one place to go for all the information and help they need. It is time to turn our unemployment system into a reemployment system that puts people to work," Obama said.

He also raised the issue of cybersecurity: "To stay one step ahead of our adversaries, I have already sent this Congress legislation that will secure our country from the growing danger of cyberthreats" -- a reference to the White House cyber proposal introduced on Capitol Hill last May.

"This is nothing less than a matter of national security," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., in a statement. "The Secretary of Defense has warned that the next Pearl Harbor could be a cyber attack. Our systems are being tested, probed, and attacked on a minute-by-minute basis by hackers, criminals, and foreign powers. And we are losing our intellectual property and military and industrial secrets to cyber thieves at an alarming pace."

Most of the address was focused on domestic issues, and references to technology and innovation didn't suggest any new programs in the offing, although Obama did urge lawmakers to "tear down regulations that prevent aspiring entrepreneurs from getting the financing to grow" and invest in basic research.

"Don't let other countries win the race for the future," Obama said. "Support the same kind of research and innovation that led to the computer chip and the Internet; to new American jobs and new American industries."

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

    Download
  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.