Tech could ease the presidential transition

Collaborative tools may store knowledge for future administrations.

Chenok, who is executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, said he expects the role of technology to increase in future transitions. 

One benefit of cloud-based collaboration tools that have been implemented during the Obama administration is their information stores may provide valuable insight and context for a rush of new employees during a Romney administration or even a second Obama term, government watchers said Thursday.

“What I see happening now with the new tools that are out there for workforce development and new people coming in is a more deliberate process to try to capture knowledge, so when new people come in there’s a sense of knowing where things are,” said Alan Shark, executive director of the Public Technology Institute.

Technologically -enabled training programs for new appointees could also help ease the strain of future presidential transitions, he said.

Shark is co-author of a "Memo to National Leaders" focused on IT and transparency commissioned by the National Academy of Public Administration. He was speaking during a NAPA event introducing the memo.

Another of the memo’s authors, Dan Chenok, led a portion of the Obama transition team focused on technology in government in 2008. He noted that was the first time technology had been pulled out as a cross-government priority during a presidential transition.