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VA CTO Peter Levin Details New White House Tech Council

Peter Levin, VA CTO

The White House is set to launch a new federal technology council tasked with sharing insight into how to solve government-wide problems, Nextgov reports.

Department of Veterans Affairs Chief Technology Officer Peter Levin told attendees of an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association meeting Tuesday that the currently nameless council will function similarly to the Chief Information Officers’ Council.

Levin told the group, which focuses on technology and the role of agency CTOs, that the council will augment the previously established President’s Innovation Cohort by adding career staff instead of politically appointed CTOs and CIOs.

Levin is currently a member of the President’s Innovation Cohort, which is credited with aiding agencies develop solutions to data sharing issues slowing the release of the VA Blue Button health records system.

Levin said he pictures the council to be more informal than others, with regular meetings and specific agendas, but without specifications as to who has to attend and what each members’ role is.

According to Levin, Sonal Shah, head of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and Jonathan McBride, White House deputy director for presidential personnel, developed the idea for the council.

McBride is a likely contender to head the council. Levin said Federal CTO Todd Park will also play a role in the new group.

Levin said that the President’s Innovation Cohort does not leave the room when they meet until they have a solution or at least the next step. He said they want the new council to have a similar focus, but as a career instead.

 

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