October 27, 2011 – Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel presented the first steps of a new architecture for the way government innovates and spends on technology during his first public speech since taking on the post two months ago.
Speaking to researchers at Xerox’s PARC facility in Palo Alto, Calif., VanRoekel presented his “Future First” initiative for federal IT planning, and invited feedback from attendees, as well as academia, government heads and industry leaders on its development. VanRoekel likened the venture to his predecessor’s “Cloud First” policy for government agency IT spending and planning. He pictured the “Future First” policy to prompt adoption of new tech and approaches, like a set of principles for XML, Web services and virtualization. He invited thoughts on the policy, particularly in areas of technological evolution, fostering competition and cost effectiveness.
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