Friday, June 15, 2012

An open government reality check with US CTO and VA CTO

In May, O’Reilly Media’s Washington correspondent, Alex Howard, moderated a discussion on the present and future of open government with the United States federal chief technology officer, Todd Park, and the chief technology officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Peter Levin.

The discussion was convened in the context of President Barack Obama’s 2009 assertion that open government would lead to more productivity and efficiency in government, a frame that goes beyond the traditional good government goals of accountability and transparency. Over the course of a dynamic discussion, Park and Levin talked about open data, service delivery and whether a more digitally enabled government is a more open, accountable and effective one.

Part 1: Federal CTO Todd Park and VA CTO Peter Levin discuss the efficiency and effectiveness of open government efforts.

Part 2: Federal CTO Todd Park and VA CTO Peter Levin offer examples of open government leading to service improvements.

Part 3: VA CTO Peter Levin explains how the OSEHRA program is a breakthrough in government procurement.

Part 4: Federal CTO Todd Park and VA CTO Peter Levin discuss the feasibility of an open government dashboard.