Obama, Biden post their tech goals

Editor's note: In the hours subsequent to this story's posting, the Obama-Biden transition team made a variety of changes to their transition Web site. Many of the links to pages detailing Obama's agenda on a various topics, including on Science and Technology, were removed. An earlier version of that Obama's technology agenda version, is still available here.

President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have posted a list of technology-related issues the new administration plans to tackle once in office.

The vision statement is on Change.gov, a new Web site set up by the pair's staff to detail the transition plan for the new White House administration.

While many of the initiatives are aimed at bringing about change in the private sector, a few points were aimed at the changing the way that federal agencies use information technology.

Most notably for federal IT execs, the new new administration will appoint a national Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The national CTO, the first in the nation, will work with agency chief information officers and CTOs to share best practices and evaluate new technologies.

"The CTO will ensure the safety of our networks and will lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices," the document states.

The vision document also promises that the new administration will look for ways to bring more transparency to government interactions, particularly those dealing with lobbyists. The National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Patent Office will also be busy: Basic science funding will be doubled and the patent system will be reformed.

Other initiatives include hastening the roll-out of broadband nationwide, establishing net neutrality and media diversity and developing a set of safeguards for online privacy.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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