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
bringing top talent from the innovation economy into the federal workforce, where it is sorely needed. I hope the next Administration will continue all of these innovative programs which have begun to change the culture within our government.
“I hope that the talented individuals, many of whom as I referenced left high-paying jobs in the private sector, will stay on through the transition and continue to serve their country by improving government technology. President Obama made real progress in this area, including with the launch of his open data directive, his ‘We the People’ petition platform, and his cyber national action plan.
“More could have been achieved if Congress had agreed to his request to invest more in these areas. We have seen a dramatic example of why cybersecurity investment is so critically important for our country. Not for Democrats, not for Republicans, but for all Americans. This is an effort towards that end.
“I hope we can work together in this new Congress to unleash the transformative power of modern technology within government and help renew America’s faith in our government. That is critical if we are to be successful as a nation. I’m sure it is hopefully what all of us want to do on a bipartisan basis.
“I thank Mr. [Mark] DeSaulnier for his efforts and I thank Mr. Hurd for his leadership on this effort, and I’m pleased to join with my counterpart, Mr. McCarthy in strong support of this legislation and I yield back the balance of my time.”