New TechAmerica commission to advise federal government on tech convergence


An IT industry group has established a commission to advise the federal government on the convergence of social media, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies.

The TechAmerica Foundation's Technology Convergence Commission seeks to help the Obama administration increase the efficiency, services and capabilities of federal agencies in those areas. It will also advise the administration about how these technologies can help drive innovation and improve the economy.

"The convergence of information and communications technologies has been one of the most noticeable and innovative trends in the IT sector over the past few years and will continue to be a major strategic enabler of business, program and mission outcomes in the near future," Kay Kapoor, the commission's co-chair and AT&T Government Solutions president, said in a statement.

She added that it is important that the government is positioned to take advantage of this technological convergence and to make use of private sector best practices.

The commission's other co-chair is David Zolet, Computer Sciences Corp.'s executive vice president. The commission has 36 openings for commissioners to work on any of four subject areas: social media, mobile, analytics, and cloud. Each commissioner can appoint a deputy from their company to serve as their project lead.

According to TechAmerica, commissioners must be prepared to commit both financial support and thought leadership to underwrite the commission's efforts and to contribute recommendations and a final report. Interested candidates can apply here. The deadline is July 25.

The commission's inaugural meeting will be held on Sept. 3 with the White House Office of Science and Technology that will describe the organizational structure and areas of coverage.

For more:
- read the statement from the TechAmerica Foundation

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