In testimony before U.S. Congress, global tech industry urges private-public sector partnership to promote effective government through technological leadership.
WASHINGTON – Today, Gordon Bitko, ITI’s senior vice president of policy and head of its public sector portfolio, outlined the importance of furthering government information (IT) modernization in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations. Bitko outlined why the public sector in the United States must leverage private sector innovation and leadership by adopting policies that enable U.S. government agencies to more easily use commercial products and practices that provide security, agility, scalability, and elasticity that supports the enormous growth in demand for digital services and data.
“Federal IT modernization is essential for government to keep pace with the exponential growth in data and to protect from emerging cyber threats. Agencies that use commercially available technologies are better able to adapt to the rapidly changing environment and can also focus their technical workforce on driving innovation,” said Bitko. “COVID-19 forced government to rapidly adapt in new ways, particularly with regard to its use of technology. Many agencies have adapted well and should use this foundation to enable long-term change.”