So I got to hear the head of OSTP John Holdren speak at a dinner last night. What really stuck out was how he kept using the three words “science, technology, and innovation” together as a unit, as if they were inseperable w/r/t policy, and how the three together would help our and the world’s big problems – environment, security, energy, etc.
Aneesh, the CTO, remember, reports to John and is himself an associate director of OSTP. He’s not supposed to be a huge computer geek necessarily. One description of his job says “The CTO will be using applied technology to help create jobs, reduce the costs of health care and help keep the nation secure. He is also tasked with increasing American’s access to broadband.” That’s really broad.
Seems like this is about mission. I think that since Beth and Andrew and others came into their jobs ~2 years ago, the mission of the dep CTOs and the missions within Open Government have changed a bit. You don’t need a Drupal evangelist in there. You don’t need a developer, or a social media expert. You *do* need someone who can build on what’s been done before and leverage it to tackle these big problems, and have a wide view about how science, technology, and innovation work together. And maybe even someone who can be groomed to take over over the CTO when he inevitably leaves.
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