Innovation and The White House: What’s Ahead For Local Governments?

Innovation in government was a priority for the previous administration, and, in fact, the White House signed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act that creates the position of US Chief Technology Officer.

The current administration is continuing this trend. As reported in Government Cloud Insider, the current administration has expressed an interest in modernizing government tech and changing procurement. In the readout of a December “Tech Summit,” which included leaders from tech giants Google, IBM, Apple, Intel, Cisco, Facebook, Amazon and others, the transition team noted that “updating government software systems,” “reducing bureaucracy” and “introducing greater accountability in the government procurement process” were among the key topics under discussion.

Most recently, the White House announced the creation of the Office of American Innovation (OAI). The OAI will create task forces to focus on initiatives such as modernizing government services and information technology, creating transformational infrastructure projects and implementing regulatory and process reforms.

What do the White House’s policies mean for local governments?

We believe local governments could see:

  • An increased role for the private sector
  • Partnerships with relatively new, cutting-edge tech companies versus heavyweight technology consultants and integrators
  • Continued prioritization of cyber security
  • Focus on improvement of procurement and contracting

It’s hard to predict exactly what the future holds, but those cities, counties, schools and other local agencies that work to replace paper with data, standardize and move processes online and embrace customer-centric attitudes will be better equipped to adapt to, and even thrive under, future reforms.