recommended reading

Chopra Chided at CES

ARCHIVES

By Gautham Nagesh January 8, 2010

recent posts

Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra spoke at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday and his message was one that should be familiar to Nextgov readers: He spoke abstractly of making government more open to innovation and specifically emphasized the importance of standards in health information technology.

However, the most interesting part of the speech came when Consumer Electronics Association chief Gary Shapiro took a swipe at Chopra and the federal government, implying that the the latter often stands in the way of technology firms attempting to innovate. From the BBC:

"When it comes to innovation there's a lot the government can do, and there's a lot they should not do," said consumer industry head Gary Shapiro.

"The government doesn't spur innovation or entrepreneurship. The government often gets in the way," said Mr Shapiro.

. . . "High taxes and regulatory bureaucracy are barriers."

In response, Mr Chopra said the CEA's criticisms had some weight.

"We don't have to agree on every issue, but we can always say we have room for improvement to spur innovation and entrepreneurship," said Mr. Chopra during a CES press conference.

"We have to eat our own dogfood -- Gary is right about the federal deficit. We are in an economic crisis but we are going to tackle it. We have to get this right," Mr Chopra told journalists.

He said the US government was planning a summit with a number of chief executives from the "most innovative companies in the country to directly advise us to make government more efficient and more effective".

Chopra also said the government's ability to spur the economy is limited:

"We always have room for improvement," Chopra said. "At the end of the day, the private sector is what creates jobs."
Interesting quote from a senior official in an Administration that may be preparing a second stimulus plan precisely because it believes that the government can create jobs.

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.