GSA Administrator Speaks About Economic Development Across the Country

VISION UPDATE: March 14, 2016

DENVER – Today, the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Administrator, Denise Turner Roth, delivered the keynote address at the “Smart Cities and Counties II: Beyond the Hype, Where Innovation Rules,” conference. Roth briefly discussed GSA’s vision of serving as a catalyst for economic development across the country but primarily focused on GSA’s technological innovation within the federal government.

“GSA plays a key role in driving federal government technology efforts”, GSA Administrator Roth said, “We serve as the one-stop-shop that federal agencies depend on to develop and deploy state-of-the-art tools, allowing them to focus on their core missions in service to the American people which, after all, is the reason we choose to work in government.”

Roth discussed supporting stakeholder IT needs by deploying industry-leading products and services to the government with private sector speed. She cited the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) as the Government’s go-to resource for tech data, information, and services. She discussed 18F enabling agencies to rapidly deploy digital tools, services, and expertise.

Another major point of emphasis was President Obama’s recently announced Cybersecurity National Action Plan. As part of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, GSA is to deploy a proposed $3.1 billion Information Technology Modernization Fund (ITMF). The goal of the fund is to retire the Government’s legacy IT systems and transition to more secure and efficient technology.

GSA leading government innovation improves federal technology spaces in many ways and helps further solidify our vision of being economic catalyst, proactive federal partner, and improving operational excellence.

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