Feds using outdated technology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.

That’s what Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget at the White House, says.

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requires its employees to physically print and scan them before entering them into what President Obama called an “outdated case management system.”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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About brvanlanen

Just a thirty-something guy currently hanging it up in the greater Green Bay area. My post-high school educational background is mainly in the Information Technology field. Specifically I have an A.A.S. in Computer Network Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems Security, both from ITT Technical Institute, in addition to A and MCDST certifications. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and sports. My Christian faith is also important to me as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and all my children attend a Lutheran grade school. When it comes to political leanings I am a conservative first and foremost which you will discover rather quickly. As for sports I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Posted on January 17, 2010, in computer network, Cybersecurity, Federal Government, Technology and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Feds using outdated technology.

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