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U.S. President Barack Obama said he wants a "smarter government" with a little help from the private sector yesterday. 

When introducing the the “new management agenda” at the White House Monday, Obama told his Cabinet that he wants a high-technology and more user-friendly government. He feels that his campaign was the most technologically advanced to date, and that should lead to greater progress in the government's technology sector. 

“We created one of the most inclusive and one of the most successful campaigns in American history,” Obama said. “Once we got to Washington, instead of an operation humming with the latest technology, I had to fight really hard just to keep my BlackBerry.”

To remedy this, Obama wants to build a "smarter, more innovative and more accountable government for its citizens” -- and he wants to do that by employing help from the private sector. 
 
 
More specifically, Obama wants government forms on the internet to act like online shopping websites, where users don't have to fill in their information each and every time. Some of the information is remembered. 

He also wants people who apply for federal benefits to track the status of their applications in real time, much like tracking a UPS package. 

Obama didn't go into much further detail about how the government smarter, but he has urged his Cabinet to adopt new technologies for a more tech-friendly government. 

This isn't Obama's first attempt to make the government more technologically-savvy. In his first term, he appointed the executive branch’s first chief technology officer -- Todd Park -- and also brought  Steve VanRoekel aboard as the chief information officer, who was previously a senior director at Microsoft.

It looks like the government is already pretty tech-savvy, according to reports in recent months. It was discovered that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) collects 99 percent of call record data and passes it to contractors. This allows the government to keep an eye on Americans' call records and locations. The government is already watchful thanks to its access to technology that pinpoints our every move. 

Sources: Reuters, The White House





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