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Federal CTO Megan Smith Aims to Address Govt Tech Adoption Challenge

Megan Smith
Megan Smith

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith has been applying her technology experience in the private sector to help the U.S. government address technical problems, the New York Times reported Saturday.

In the four months since assuming the federal CTO role, Smith has advised President Barack Obama on national broadband service and initiated a TechShop event for professionals to design protective gear for healthcare workers who treat Ebola patients, according to the story by Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

She also provides technical guidance to avoid similar glitches that plagued the federally run health insurance exchange portal last year.

“We’re on it,” Smith told the newspaper.

“This is the administration that’s working to upgrade that and fix it,” she added, according to the report.

Davis says that Smith has also briefed President Obama on potential methods to attract technologists to help the government create new mobile and digital services.

Smith also introduced a Whitehouse.gov webpage that features the stories of female leaders in the science and technology field, according to Davis’ article.

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