With Donald Trump now officially the President of the United States, there is still lingering uncertainty about his overall agenda in the federal IT arena.
From a continued focus on cybersecurity and infrastructure to calling out several government contractors on Twitter, the Trump administration is sending mixed signals as to how the business climate will change.
However, in times of uncertainty, there are always moments of clarity.
During his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross displayed an interest in leveraging innovation to best support the mission. In a written statement, he said that “integrating technology into the department to improve efficiency as well as the timelines, depth and breadth of data while improving the protection of intellectual property in this country” is a key priority.
In addition, he told members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that he is a proponent of the cloud, and that the research arm of Commerce is in need of modernization. He also expressed that cyber was a key priority, and stated that his agency will take all NIST standards very seriously.
In terms of the former Obama administration’s influence on government innovation and research, White House CTO Megan Smith drafted a document that outlined the importance of technology innovation and the advancements that President Obama made while in office. The document highlighted the importance of promoting STEM education and research to the continued fostering of an innovative government through transparency.
As we previously highlighted, outgoing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan urged the new administration to continue the federal government’s work on IT modernization and maintain its emphasis on shared services, new paths to procurement, and digital services.
Perhaps some of the new agency leaders are listening to these messages, or inherently understand the true value of innovation in helping government to succeed?
Either way, we are naming we are naming Department of Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross as this week’s GovTransformer. Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.