Government Needs Tech-Savvy Leaders to Succeed, Says Outgoing OMB Chief

Federal agencies without tech-savvy senior leadership will not succeed in carrying out their missions, warned outgoing Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan in his White House exit memo.

If agencies don’t continue to recruit “a critical mass” of top officials with a “high tech IQ” who are intimately involved in policy-setting and execution, their odds of successfully modernizing are “zero,” the OMB director said.

“It has become as essential to have technologists in the room as it is to have legal counsel,” stated the former Housing and Urban Development Department secretary. “It is difficult to think of any major agency responsibility – whether it be responding to Ebola, delivering services to veterans, formulating transportation policy, etc. – that would not benefit a great deal from the application of modern technology expertise,” Donovan wrote, underlying the passage for emphasis.

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