President Calls for More Innovative, Smarter Government

Mike O'Brien

President Obama has called on federal workers to continue efforts to develop a "smarter" and "more innovative" government.

In remarks at the White House on Monday he stressed the need to use new technology to save money and deliver better services.

"We’ve made some good progress on all fronts. But we need to do more."

The President announced that he has assigned new Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell to spearhead the drive for modernization.

Mr. Obama said there are three goals in the efficiency drive: better and faster delivery of government services, reducing waste and fraud, and providing more and better government data to help businesses grow and create more jobs.

He said: "We, the people, realize this government belongs to us. It’s up to each and every one of us to make it work better."

Congress can assist by giving the White House more power to re-organize and streamline executive branch agencies, he said.

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Federal Times reports that Mr. Obama complained that lawmakers have passed "a lot of legislation that has poorly designed some of our agencies and forces some of our folks to engage in bureaucratic hoop-jumping, instead of just going ahead and focusing on mission and delivering good service to our citizens."

Some of the issues raised in this article will be discussed at IDGA’S IT Legacy Modernization for Government event next month. For more details go to