Bloggers and tweeters sound off on Kundra, Chopra

Speeches by the country’s new chiefs of e-government innovation are getting some attention in the most logical of places — the Web.

Bloggers and Twitterers are pointing out the priorities and goals that national chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra and chief information officer Vivek Kundra will address in their new roles. The men outlined their priorities in speeches this week at the Management of Change Conference.

EllnMllr tweeted, “People have to be treated as co-creator of ideas, says Vivek Kundra. Many challenges we know. But right direction.”

Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for assisted acquisition services at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service and a nonstop Twitterer, wrote that Chopra gave “an absolutely fantastic talk.” She tweeted 23 times during his speech, citing his views on creating an idea sandbox and taking a hard look at cumbersome acquisition processes.

On the “Cheeky Fresh” blog, Mark Drapeau listed Chopra’s goals as CTO, such as changing the government's culture into one that draws more of the public into government debates.

Kundra called for a radical new approach to government information technology. He intends to use consumer-type Web 2.0 tools that can “tap into the vast amounts of knowledge…in communities across the country,” wrote Marshall Kirkpatrick on the blog “ReadWriteWeb.”

Kundra and Chopra gave the IT community a lot to think about and look forward to as the men delve into the nitty-gritty of government IT.

Imchandra tweeted, “Finished conference and had a chance to meet federal CIO (Vivek Kundra) and CTO (Aneesh Chopra). Lots of new ideas. Let us see how it goes!”

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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