Steven VanRoekel, in his first speech since taking over as the U.S. government’s top technology official, said federal agencies should focus on fostering innovation and cutting waste in hardware and software.
The Obama administration plans to boost U.S. spending on computer network security, including a 21 percent increase at the Pentagon, after reports of rising cyber attacks and electronic theft of secrets linked to China.
Congress ordered the Defense Department to develop a plan to use more cloud-computing services, a move that may lead to U.S. contracts for suppliers including Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.
The U.S. government should write cloud-computing contracts so that agencies can easily move from one provider to another, increasing competition and keeping costs low, the former federal chief information officer said.
Technology companies want the U.S. to bolster cybersecurity, ease immigration restrictions and let funds held abroad be repatriated, said a group with members including Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc.