Obama names new chief technology officer

Mar 09, 2012
US President Barack Obama named a new chief technology officer to lead efforts to inject innovation into government.

US President Barack Obama named a new chief technology officer on Friday to lead efforts to inject innovation into government.

Todd Park, who has been chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services since August 2009, replaces Aneesh Chopra, who stepped down last month.

"Todd Park has demonstrated a remarkable talent for enlisting innovative technologies to modernize government, reduce waste, and make government information more accessible to the public," Obama said in a statement.

"In his new position he will bring those skills to the entire federal enterprise, ensuring that government will serve all Americans fairly, effectively, and efficiently," he said.

Chopra was named the US government's first chief technology officer in April 2009.

The is tasked with using technology to support government priorities including job creation, health care, , open government and national security.

While at Health and Human Services, Park created HealthCare.gov, a website that provides consumers with information about health insurance plans.

He also launched the Initiative, which makes health information available to the public and to applications developers.

Obama ran the most technology-savvy US political campaign in history, leveraging social networks, email, text messages and other media to build a vast fundraising and political operation.

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deatopmg
3 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2012
Does Park have any experience in market driven (wisdom of the masses) private industry? Was he successful there or did he take a gov't job because he didn't measure up to the requirements of the private sector?

Government invariably produces negative work because enough of the elected officials and most of the political appointees are scamming the system for money and power and this is a drain on the positive work produced by market driven private sector (yes, greed on both sides must be minimized thru some minimal gov't controls). So, evidence, not dogma, shows the only way for Park to succeed is to drastically reduce regulations and the size of all the departments under him, then get out of the way.
kaasinees
1 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2012
Does Park have any experience in market driven (wisdom of the masses) private industry? Was he successful there or did he take a gov't job because he didn't measure up to the requirements of the private sector?

Let me guess you are a right winged nutjob?
What makes you think a chief technology officer requires market skills?
Plus marketing is nothing more than manipulating the masses with advertising, deceiving, lying and committing fraud for the sake of profit.
This man actually has the needed skills to improve government efficiency with the means of modernizing or improving underlying technology and systems.

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