Input: Technology role in Obama administration

As the U.S. federal government transitions to an Obama administration, technology will help, says a recent report from Input.
By Control Engineering Staff November 6, 2008

Reston, VA – As the federal government begins its transition to an Obama administration, technology will emerge as a significant success factor. According to a recent report from Input ,
The use of technology, though clearly overshadowed by the economy and other issues, is a consistent theme throughout Obama’s strategy platform, Input said Nov. 6. “While the financial crisis will put a strain on agency budgets, Obama’s plans for healthcare, energy, and homeland security have embedded technology requirements that could represent opportunities for the federal technology contracting community,” said Deniece Peterson, principal analyst for Input.
Solutions related to health IT, green IT, cyber security, unified communications and intelligence collection and analysis could see a boost in this administration. However, the advantage will go to solutions that can help save money, maximize current resources, and increase efficiency, Input noted. President-Elect Obama also plans on overhauling the performance and accountability metrics of federal agencies by reconfiguring the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) and setting stricter and more comparative performance standards. Federal agencies may need to acquire and/or maintain the necessary analysis and reporting tools to comply with potential changes, the Input organization noted.
Although new programs are likely to be put on the backburner as the Obama administration settles in, the transition effort that starts today launches mini-campaigns within agencies to preserve existing programs that could be in danger of the chopping block. “It is critical for federal contractors to start crafting plans for positioning themselves with the new administration if they haven’t already,” statedurged.
The Input Technology in the Obama Administration ,” tells more.

– Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
Control Engineering
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