Tech & The District » CTO http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/techandthedistrict Tech the way we see it: insights and musings on technology PR, policy and the District, from H&K’s D.C. Tech Team. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:44 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 Could Obama’s CTO Come from D.C.? http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/techandthedistrict/2009/01/08/could-obamas-cto-come-from-dc/ http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/techandthedistrict/2009/01/08/could-obamas-cto-come-from-dc/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2009 19:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Truskey http://blogs2.hillandknowlton.com/techandthedistrict/11580.aspx I think most people are surprised to hear that the Washington, D.C. area is actually one of the top regions for technology and innovation on the East Coast.  It might have something to do with that old perception that the Federal government runs somewhat behind the times in overall technology adoption.  While we could debate that topic until the cows come home, President-Elect Obama will hopefully have changed that perception by the end of his first term if things continue to go as he has planned.

That perception of stodgy Federal IT is one of the reasons why I found Kim Hart’s Washington Post feature  on D.C.’s chief technology officer, Vivek Kundra, so interesting.  (For our PR readers – what a great placement of a tech story on the front page, above the fold, Business section!) We’ve all heard that the President-Elect is planning to appoint the nation’s first CTO (though the responsibilities of the role are still uncertain), but in fact, Kundra has been named as a possible candidate.  It speaks to how far technology has come in D.C. (or how far its progressing) that a city not previously known for its tech-savvy could now stand to be the blueprint for technology adoption across the U.S.

What do you think about tech-savvy in the Federal government?  Is this likely to change any time soon?

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