After engaging the audience with a personal anecdote about the 9/11 interview in Arlington that catapulted his professional career, he outlined why Virginia was his model for transforming the Federal information technology platform and bureaucracy. In tackling this huge task, his baseline assumptions appear to be as follows:
- The Federal Government has not done a good job of establishing IT requirements;
- Private companies have not been held accountable for their failures in delivering IT to the Federal enterprise; and
- "Faceless accountability" for the failure of Federal IT efforts must become a thing of the past.
"What ideas, tools, and approaches can make Recovery.gov a place where the public can monitor the expenditure and use of recovery funds?"
Mr. Kundra's also outlined his vision of a "context driven government". The key question for successfully implementing this vision is:
"How do we engage the American public in their daily digital life?"
It is now clear to me why the President selected him as the first Federal CIO. His practical and results oriented management style bodes well for us all.
If you would like to participate in the Recovery Dialogue on Information technology Solutions, visit http://www.recovery.gov/ anytime between April 27th and May 4th.