Fedscoop covered my Government Matters interview Sunday morning with Jack Wilmer, one of the co-authors of the White House’s new “Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization.”
From the Fedscoop report:
“As the White House went about selecting its first partner to operate an IT modernization center of excellence, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was an apparent fit based on its buy-in from top leadership, according to Jack Wilmer.
“The senior adviser at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy said during a televised Government Matters interview Dec. 17 that ‘frankly, a lot of it comes down to top-level commitment’ in the decision to tap the USDA for the first center of excellence.
“‘The Secretary of Agriculture [Sonny Perdue] was extremely supportive of modernizing Agriculture,’ Wilmer said. ‘I think that was one of his major objectives, and I think he understands the importance of IT in all of this.’
“The Trump administration announced the plan last week to form its first center of excellence at USDA as part of a strategy incorporating industry stakeholders in collaboration with agency officials to develop an incubator-style program for future technology projects.
“‘We wanted to make sure that the first one that we roll out is going to be a success,’ Wilmer said on the show. ‘So as we have the centers of excellence work with the departments, we want to make sure that first one is good and we can follow up rapidly with other ones, so Agriculture seemed like a perfect example.'”
Read the entire Fedscoop report here, and watch my interview with Jack Wilmer: