Hoyer Remarks on the Talent Act I rise in support of this bipartisan bill, which builds on the work that Majority Leader McCarthy and I and others in this House have been doing to modernize government technology and renew America’s
BigNews.Biz - Jan 11,2017 - Hoyer Remarks on the Talent Act
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor in support of the Talent Act, legislation to make permanent President Obama's Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Hoyer also spoke on the need to modernize government technology to help renew Americans' faith in their government. Below is a transcript of his remarks
“I want to thank Mr. [Will] Hurd for his work, which has been ongoing and continuing work on this issue and on this particular program. I rise in support of this bipartisan bill, which builds on the work that Majority Leader McCarthy and I and others in this House have been doing to modernize government technology and renew America’s faith in government.
“In 2016, exit polls showed the dissatisfaction with the government spanned the political spectrum. That's a shame because government is supposed to be a force for improving peoples' lives, keeping our country safe, and expanding opportunities for all Americans. That's why I unveiled House Democrats’ ‘Renewing America’s Faith in Government’ agenda last summer. We must present bold solutions to reform our democracy, and our government. Certainly on both sides of the equation, that’s what the American people were saying in the last election.
“One of the goals of our agenda is modernizing government technology. Most Americans understand the transformative power of technology. The Majority Leader spoke of it in so many different aspects of our lives. How digitizing businesses makes them more efficient, transparent, and accountable.
“We’ve seen it in the private sector. Everyday millions of Americans shop on sites like Amazon or Etsy, and catch a ride using Uber or Lyft. Government technology is in terrible shape and bringing the latest practices from Silicon Valley into government would make a huge difference in serving our citizens and streamlining the way government works for the American people.
“Last year, I worked closely with the Obama Administration and [U.S. Chief Information Officer] Tony Scott to advance one of its top priorities in this area, creating a[n] [Information] Technology Modernization Fund for the rapid upgrade of the most outdated, costly, and insecure technology systems across the federal government. Mr. Hurd was involved deeply in that effort. The result was the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which the House passed overwhelmingly with the help of Chairman [Jason] Chaffetz and Majority Leader McCarthy.
“Last month, Majority Leader McCarthy and I expressed our bipartisan support for one of President Obama’s most successful efforts at bringing Silicon Valley talent into the federal work force, the U.S. Digital Service and GSA’s 18-F program. In fact, I visited the 18-F program in San Francisco and was extraordinarily impressed with the individuals who peopled that project and were giving of their time. I guess we are paying them a little bit, but relatively speaking, they were giving their time.
“Today's bill, the Talent Act, would make permanent the precursor to both these programs, the Presidential Innovation Fellows. This program has a proven track record of