Transforming Government Through Technology

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We highlight many key findings and recommendations that can assist government leaders in understanding how best to leverage and scale past successes to benefit citizens and taxpayers today and in the future.

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Timothy Persons
Government Accountability Office

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Insights from Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Soft robotics is a relatively new field of research. It will allow the robots of tomorrow to squish, stretch, and...
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What are the key strategic priorities for GAO’s Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering? What are technology readiness assessments? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions with our very special guest, Dr. Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, U.S. Government Accountability Office.
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Soft robotics is a relatively new field of research. It will allow the robots of tomorrow to squish, stretch, and squeeze, not unlike a real human hand, according to the National Science Foundation.
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What is the Food and Drug Administration’s IT strategy? How is FDA changing the way it does IT? What is FDA doing to leverage the advances of mobile technologies? Join host Michael Keegan next week as he explores these questions and more with Todd Simpson, Chief Information Officer, at the US Food and Drug Administration.
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As a technology once known only as the underlying ledger system for the digital currency, Bitcoin, Blockchain has emerged to have even greater potential for both private and public organizations well beyond its financial roots.
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Blockchain can bring together data that was previously held in various siloes, with different people or organizations owning different pieces.
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We highlight many key findings and recommendations that can assist government leaders in understanding how best to leverage and scale past successes to benefit citizens and taxpayers today and in the future.
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Data can support the quality of important choices citizens make every day. For example, how did you select the college you went to? Where did you go for information to help make the choice? What about the schools you may be helping your kids select? Price? Graduation rates? Getting employed after graduation?
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Through effective implementation of proven commercial best practice to operations across government, citizens can benefit from over $1 trillion in value over the next decade.
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About 75 percent of the federal IT budget goes to maintaining outdated legacy computer systems, according to GAO. Some are over 50 years old, yet critical – such as the main IRS tax data base and the nuclear missile launch system.
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This administration will need to lead an effective government that can address policy challenges through strong leadership and effective management.
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