US chief data scientist: Entrepreneurs should do a ‘tour of duty’ in government

There’s no question that the U.S. government has data on every single American and likely much of it was given up voluntarily and anonymously. Whether it’s for things like the census, housing, agriculture, transportation, or health care, federal agencies have accumulated a lot of data around what’s going on in the country, but what use is talking about governmental innovation if everything remains siloed? In the past seven years, the White House has taken up efforts to leverage more technology at the federal level. It has tapped Aneesh Chopra, Todd Park, and most recently former Googler’s Megan Smith to the post of U.S. chief technology officer, a position first created by President Obama, brought on board Twitter veteran Jason Goldman to assist the administration with digital outreach, and recruited renowned…


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