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Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives Matt Lira Addresses the NVTC Board

On Tuesday, November 7, Matt Lira, Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives, White House Office of American Innovation, addressed the NVTC Board of Directors at the Inova Center for Personalized Health to discuss the Trump Administration’s IT and innovation policy objectives.

Lira emphasized the importance of government IT modernization, highlighting the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which would empower and incentivize agency CIOs to modernize systems and allow them to capture and reinvest any savings generated. He mentioned a number of programs to encourage federal workers to support IT modernization, including creating new career pathways for employees to pursue when legacy systems are retired. Lira also shared that the recently formed American Technology Council is not only fueling collaboration with the private sector but also improving coordination, information sharing and collaboration among government technology leaders across agencies.

Lira stated that the Administration is committed to bolstering computer science and STEM education investments at the K-12 level with an emphasis on teacher training, through increased public grants of $200 million and private sector investment commitments of $300 million to provide resources for specific teacher training. Expanding broadband access is another key area for the Administration, according to Lira, since it has the potential to propel industries like agriculture as well as the overall workforce into the future.

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Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives Mira Lira addressed the NVTC Board on Nov. 7.

Responding to questions from Board members, Lira shared his views on the implications of artificial intelligence for the national workforce, federal acquisition reform, and aligning private sector workforce best practices to the federal government. Lira also discussed ways to promote innovation nationwide, including how the federal government could leverage smart cities technologies in underserved communities.