Making the case for the technocratic wing of the Republican party Thursday was Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and one-time advisor to John McCain. She warned that the federal government's "technophobia" is grinding its rate of innovation to a halt.
Speaking at a forum dubbed "Innovation for Government Effectiveness" hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Fiorina claimed that DC is run by folks who find technological novelty burdensome, reports Government Executive
"It's fair to say citizens' expectation for transparency and accountability, and for their own opportunity to participate are rising," she stated. "Government will be providing more services with less money to go around, so the only way is to apply technology in a transformative way."
Fiorina highlighted a handful of innovations worth emulating, such as California's adoption of a privately designed website that allows for more rapid answers to Medicaid applicants seeking to know their eligibility.
But former deputy Defense secretary William Lynn pushed back, saying that not only was government sufficiently adaptive to technology on many fronts - he cited NASA as one example - but also that its role is wholly different than that of the private sector's.
Via Government Executive