In an effort to highlight the government’s role to assist the private sector in innovation and the creation of new technologies, Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra released a statement outlining the strategy to spur federal awareness of the importance of innovation.
The strategy, which builds upon President Barack Obama’s 2007 “Strategy for Innovation” policy, broke the plan down into three parts: investing in innovation, promoting competitive markets, and catalyzing breakthroughs for national priorities.
Chopra touched upon the president’s vision for increased broadband and the benefits of cloud computing in regards to reducing expenditures.
“The federal government should take advantage of the expertise and insight of people both inside and outside the federal government,” he said. “Use high-risk, high-reward policy tools such as prizes and challenges to solve tough problems; support the broad adoption of community solutions that work; and form high-impact collaborations with researchers, the private sector, and civil society.”
He explained technologies such as smart grids and healthcare IT are vital to propel breakthroughs for national priorities and that the Recovery Act provides more than $100 billion to support research and development of these types of innovations. Chopra explained the need to continue honoring this strategy so the United States can remain a leading innovator and sustainable economy.
“America has always been a nation built on hope – hope that we can build a prosperous, healthy world for ourselves and for our children,” he said. “These long-standing American aspirations depend critically on our far-sighted investments in science, technology and innovation that are the ultimate act of hope and will create the most important legacies we can leave.”