Federal Innovators Create Forum to Tackle Challenges

April 10, 2012

Technology innovators in the federal government will soon have a broader interagency forum to share ideas, promote best practices and tackle common challenges, such as developing new software applications, embracing open source software and consolidating data centers.

Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park will lead the new forum, which will operate similarly to interagency groups like the Chief Information Officers Council, according to Peter Levin, CTO at the Veterans Affairs Department.

The forum will consist of both career and politically appointed feds who are focused on how to bring innovation to their departments, Levin said at an IT event Tuesday in Bethesda, Md.

"At the end of the day, we can make all the decisions we want, [but] it's the career staff that actually has to do the work with us," Levin said. 

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