Chris Vein

GITEC 2012: The Best of Day 1

Shared services and open information dominate discussions at the annual event.

Information sharing between government agencies can save lives. 

Don't believe how important the open exchange of information is? Just ask Donna Roy of the Homeland Security Department. "One in every five teens is misusing or abusing prescription drugs," says Roy, mainly because states aren't sharing data. The efforts of the National Information Exchange Model have produced a pilot program where states in the Mid-Atlantic region share information to prevent the illegal purchase of prescription drugs.

Chris Vein, deputy chief technology officer of the White House, presented an impassioned plea for open government. "Imagine if there were no boundaries, no silos, no bureaucratic impediments," he said. He noted that the FBI has implemented a mobile application that lets officers scan tattoos and other markings into a central database to help identify gang members. The sharing is resulting in more arrests.

The following video makes clear Vein's point about open government:

The tech-minded audience was eager to share thoughts and favorite quotes of the day. Stay engaged by following the #GITEC hashtag and the presenters on Twitter.

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May 21 2012