Leading with Technology
At GSA an important part of our mission is to ensure that federal agencies have the support they need to fulfill their own important missions. In the 21st century, open data and thoughtful data analysis are essential to this obligation. Since the day we became one of the first federal agencies to use the internet, GSA has been a digital trailblazer for the government. But we can - and must - do more.
To this end, GSA has a new data-sharing policy designed to improve access to the wealth of information that GSA collects and generates every day. This policy implements President Obama’s Executive Order on open data, and will ensure that valuable information is available to those who need it. The Chief Information Officer has the authority and responsibility to store, manage, and protect GSA’s data, for both our own use and for sharing with external stakeholders.
There is no better example of this than cloud technology. We were the first government agency to implement the cloud, and as a result, by freeing our data from our desks, GSA has become a more efficient, and more mobile agency. The cloud has enabled us to work wherever we need to work, rather than being restricted to the place where we are assigned to work. Our work with the cloud set an example for how the entire federal government can use this technology.
Open and accessible information is essential to 21st century government and we are committed to expanding access to reliable data both within GSA and in the federal government.