Rick Holgate: Gov’t-Industry Dialogue Evolved After 2013 Sequestration, Shutdown

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Rick Holgate
Rick Holgate
Rick Holgate

Rick Holgate, outgoing president of the American Council of Technology, believes dialogue between government and industry has evolved beyond fiscal year 2013’s sequestration and government shutdown events, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Michael O’Connell writes Holgate — chief information officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — noted ACT has updated its approach to conferences to discuss issues such as HealthCare.gov and technology delivery.

“It’s also reinforced our value that we added to the administration in terms of getting them substantive feedback, a forum for engagement [and a] non-partisan, non-biased, objective forum to have those conversations,” Holgate said.

O’Connell reports ACT and the Industry Advisory Council have also worked to help the government further adopt digital services and shared services.

“Having agencies be able to talk through those challenges, depress the barriers to adoption is something we’ve contributed to over the last couple of years,” Holgate added.