November 15, 2012 By Colin Wood
Technology could make things a lot better for everyone -- that's the message delivered to the newly reappointed Obama administration on Nov. 13.
The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council's (ACT-IAC) Institute for Innovation announced recommendations that could save the nation $220 billion annually, and improve the bodies and minds of the populace. ACT-IAC summarized its findings during the 2012 Quadrennial Government Technology Review (QGTR) held at the organization's headquarters in Fairfax, Va.
About 100 government and industry volunteers contributed to the papers outlined during the press conference -- papers that addressed issues such as healthcare, education, economy, citizen engagement, efficiency and national security. The content focuses on high-level issues, said QGTR co-chair Molly O'Neill, rather than specific technologies such as cloud computing or mobile devices. “We really wanted to focus on the fact that technology plays a very big role in lending itself to help on some of the nation's biggest challenges,” she said.
And while technology is not the entire solution, she added, there's hope that the White House will embrace the recommendations made, for the nation's sake.
But the recommendations could also be useful to state and local, O'Neill said. “A lot of government services are at the state and local level, so those same principles can be applied.”
Making greater use of data analytics in healthcare, for instance, was a recommendation made by the council that applies to multiple levels of government. While the recommendations made during the press conference are primarily aimed at the federal government, she said, “in many cases, the state side is the provider of a lot of those services.”
Also, O'Neill noted, the recommendations were not necessarily new concepts, but encouragement for the federal government to expand successful programs of the past. The papers presented during the press conference can be summarized in five main points:
“And we're at a point now, from a technology standpoint, that all of those things are possible,” O'Neill said. “Our hope is that there's a recognition that technology is really part of the solution.”
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