Q&A: Silicon Valley Congressman Talks Tech Industry Needs - InformationWeek
Government // Leadership
11:25 AM
Nitin Pradhan
Nitin Pradhan
Connect Directly

Q&A: Silicon Valley Congressman Talks Tech Industry Needs

Silicon Valley Rep. Mike Honda speaks with former Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan on Congress' role in fostering the U.S. technology market, immigration law and more.

Can you talk about your concept of equity in education and its impact on the technology industry?

Rep. Honda: Equity in education means ensuring that each and every child receives the resources they need to be successful. Parity means funding every child at the same level. Children should not be limited in their opportunities by the zip code they live in. Equitable STEM education means that each and every child will have the tools they need to function in the 21st century. STEM education encourages the creativity and innovation that the tech industry requires.

Discuss the Healthcare Exchanges and how they will impact technology startups and growth companies.

Rep. Honda: Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires the use of electronic health records (EHR) and updated codes, which will require additional use of technology among all healthcare providers and increase demand for new products. Grants will be issued for use of information technology to improve resident care. There will be an increase in electronic payment systems (not mandated, but often required by insurance companies). In general, there will be more people utilizing healthcare systems, so the need for more advanced technology (to provide safer, faster and more affordable care) will continue to increase.

Talk about the "Entrepreneur In Residence" program you help set up in federal government.

Rep. Honda: I think in many instances the federal government has trouble understanding the issues of entrepreneurs. They don't hear them and understand them as they should. I have been a longtime advocate for strong partnerships between the private high-tech industry and the federal government, and that is why I am reintroducing a bill that would allow proven entrepreneurs to apply their real-life experiences and business knowledge to the federal government -- my Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) bill. A federal EIR program would make the government more responsive to the current needs of entrepreneurs and enhance partnerships between it and the private sector. The idea is to infuse many of the operational and creative solutions-oriented principles found in startups and small businesses into the inner workings of government agencies.

What is your concept of Government 2.0 and the use of technology in making government more efficient and effective?

Rep. Honda: I recently redesigned my website to increase the usability, utility and accessibility of government resources, using crowdsourcing to democratize the way I interact with the public. Constituents can check the status of Capitol tours, flag requests and other constituent functions -- just some of the ways our office can interact more digitally with the public.

More broadly, Government 2.0 means using the most up-to-date technology to ensure openness between the public and government spheres. I utilize Google Hangouts, Twitter town halls, Facebook, liveblogs and more to ensure that I am responsive and reachable to constituents back home.

2 of 2
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Author
10/23/2013 | 5:40:55 PM
re: Q&A: Silicon Valley Congressman Talks Tech Industry Needs
Technology gets a lot of lip service in Congress...but it seems too few Congressmen really get: 1) the transformational power technology could bring to government if properly channeled; 2) how the byzantine nature of appropriations -- and the pull of jobs in home districts -- tends to fuel duplicate IT projects from one agency to the next without regard for the greater efficiencies that could be achieved by supporting cross-governmental IT policies.

Here's hoping Rep. Honda's ideas will not only bolster the US Tech Sector -- but also get more of Silicon Valley ideas brought into government...by, for example, supporting the kind of work we're seeing by the Presidential Innovation Fellows program and the work of federal CTO Todd Park.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll