Maria Roat, deputy federal chief information officer at the Office of Management and Budget and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more cross-agency collaboration platforms, Nextgov reported Wednesday.
“I’d really like to see more cross-government usage of the collaboration capabilities,” Roat said Wednesday at the IBM Think Gov Digital event. “The same things I was able to do in my agency, why can’t I do that with another agency?”
Roat, who joined OMB in May from the Small Business Administration, said the ongoing health crisis has demonstrated the significance of a digital federal government.
“I think the need to be digital was even more evident than people anticipated,” Roat said Wednesday at the IBM Think Gov Digital event. “Everybody’s got a mobile phone. Everybody expects that digital interaction, not just with their friends and family but with their government. I think this really put a big spotlight on that.”
She also mentioned SBA’s adoption of document sharing, video, chat and other digital collaboration tools to facilitate coordination within the agency.