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Suzette Kent: Government Tech Innovation Must Be Priority

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Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer, has said government agencies have reached a critical point in efforts to transform processes through innovation, Federal Times reported Tuesday.

“There is always a fear of what’s going to happen if we get things wrong,” Kent told audience at a Professional Services Council-hosted event Tuesday.

“It’s about that vision, it’s about that boldness to change the status quo.”

The Office of Management and Budget issued $45M in grant awards to the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Energy and Agriculture in June through the Technology Modernization Fund.

White House officials have urged other agencies to pursue remaining grants on the initial $100M TMF program, the report noted.

Nextgov reported Tuesday the White House aims to collect input from government, academic and industry professionals on workforce transformation strategies through an executive symposium the administration will host on Tuesday.

William Eggers, executive director of the Deloitte‘s Center for Government Insights, said the government seeks to update the skill set of approximately 300K federal employees over the next three years.