Feds using outdated technology
This is not good.
Here’s another reason why your government isn’t working to its optimum capacity: antiquated computer technology.
In conjunction with the opening of a summit meeting between President Obama and business CEOs, Orszag complained that federal workers own better computers for their personal use than the ones the government equips them with during their work days.
“Twenty years ago, people who came to work in the federal government had better technology at work than at home,” Orszag, said in a statement. “Now that’s no longer the case.
In a more serious turn, Mr. Obama said that improving the technology used by the government” isn’t about having the fanciest bells and whistles on our websites – it’s about how we use the American people’s hard-earned tax dollars to make government work better for them.”
He offered as an example the laborious way the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office processes patent applications. He noted that the vast majority – over 80% of patent applications are sent in electronically – the government still requires its employees to physically print and scan them before entering them into what President Obama called an “outdated case management system.” (Source: CBS News)
Newer technology would likely mean more secure technology as well.
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Posted on January 17, 2010, in computer network, Cybersecurity, Federal Government, Technology and tagged Add new tag, Barack Obama, Office Of Management And Budget, Patent application, Peter Orszag, Peter R. Orszag, United States, United States Patent and Trademark Office, White House. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Feds using outdated technology.