Last week I was fortunate enough to listen to the recently appointed Chief Technology Officer of the United States Aneesh Chopra present to a fairly intimate crowd of Silicon Valley-ers (when you produce events for thousands of people at a time, a few hundred is actually very intimate).
He said a bunch of interesting things about the wave of change that’s happening in the White House to embrace technology, innovation and – as President Obama promised – change.
What I wanted to share from my notes on the evening is the breakdown of the new White House roles that were instituted this year:
Who’s in charge of what in the White House?
Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra wear’s a dual hat as both an Advisor to the President as well as the Associate Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), which provides guidance on the $150 billion R&D budget.
Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra is the Administrator of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – a vehicle to direct, rein in and better manage the President’s $76 billion annual spend budget as it relates to e-government and information technology.
Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients also holds a role within the OMB to establish outcome goals and metrics for the investments made.
These three are partners to establish and monitor the framework for government reform and spend on all matters related to technology policy.
The event was sponsored by the Churchill Club (a non-profit business and technology forum) and took place at the Computer History Museum – “a museum dedicated to artifacts and stories about the Information Age.”