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President Obama last week appointed Aneesh Chopra, until recently Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, as the CTO of the United States. Unlike Vivek Kundra (now the U.S. CIO) and Cisco Systems CTO Padmasree Warrior, Chopra has a lower profile. Tech-industry insiders, such as inventor Mitch Kapor, venture […]

aneesh-chopraPresident Obama last week appointed Aneesh Chopra, until recently Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, as the CTO of the United States. Unlike Vivek Kundra (now the U.S. CIO) and Cisco Systems CTO Padmasree Warrior, Chopra has a lower profile. Tech-industry insiders, such as inventor Mitch Kapor, venture capitalist John Doerr and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, have hailed his appointment. I’m sure Chopra would make a good CTO, but I don’t envy his job. Given that there are so many chiefs in the Obama administration — science, information, health care, social innovation — I wonder what his real job description will be. I’m looking forward to talking to him soon and finding out more about his agenda. What do you guys think should be at the top of Chopra’s to-do list?

  1. Usually Named Sunday, April 19, 2009

    Find a nifty outfit. Can’t let the Surgeon General have all the cool clothing.

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  2. Interestingly, I would say the No 1 job for Aneesh should be to first understand what he controls in the government and what his job scope is from a RACI perspective, since I agree that is so unclear -:) Without that, he is destined for a tough time, and unfortunately will face lots of frustration with failure…..so that would be my top advice for him!

    Hopefully, he can then get to the real meat of the job in formulating the technology vision and strategy for the government with an execution roadmap, for whatever he controls!

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  3. Two quick thoughts.

    1) Break free of expensive, exlusive and favored tech and service suppliers.

    2) Do that by requiring that tech and services be substitutable. This will pretty much require that they also be open. But substitutability is key. It’s how to escape lock-in.

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  4. Just found http://obamacto.org/ . It employs widgets from http://uservoice.com/ . Nice hack.

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  5. He should resign and lobby Obama to stop creating more unconstitutional government positions.

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    1. John J hit the nail on the head!

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  6. Create a Twitter account!

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  7. He should act in the best interests of the government in terms of upgrading the technology that’s used on US internal systems. The government’s computer and technology systems are woefully behind the times. They never had an advocate from inside the government to update systems to increase efficiency. That should be his first task.

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  8. He should act in the best interests of the government in terms of upgrading the technology that’s used on US internal systems. The government’s computer and technology systems are woefully behind the times. They never had an advocate from inside the government to update systems to increase efficiency. That should be his first task.

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  9. Assuming his specific job duties are cleared up?

    1. Generate a policy on net neutrality (if it is deemed necessary)
    2. Examine how social networks can be better integrated within the framework of the federal government to reduce expenses and improve efficiency.

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  10. a) Ask every govt department to justify why it should be using proprietary software – if justification not satisfactory – move to open source – this includes especially MS Office vs Open Office.org. This is the taxpayers money after al and we should have the ability to ask these questions.

    b) Create a search engine for finding all software that has been created through govt (NSF, NIH etc) funding ( such a thing doesn’t exists and vast amount sof software created by taxpayer money cannot be found easily ).

    c) Make the technology procurement process transparent and simple

    [[ maybe some of this overlaps with the CIO role - not sure ]]

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