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    White House budget director blames old computers for ineffective government

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    By Ian Swanson - 01/14/10 02:56 PM ET

    A big reason why the government is inefficient and ineffective is because Washington has outdated technology, with federal workers having better computers at home than in the office.
    This startling admission came Thursday from Peter Orszag, who manages the federal bureaucracy for President Barack Obama.
    The public is getting a bad return on its tax dollars because government workers are operating with outdated technologies, Orszag said in a statement that kicked off a summit between Obama and dozens of corporate CEOs.
    “Twenty years ago, people who came to work in the federal government had better technology at work than at home,” said Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget. “Now that’s no longer the case.
    “The American people deserve better service from their government, and better return for their tax dollars.”
    I can tell you it takes years between operating system changes. They have to be certified and all kinds of other crap before IT managers approve it, and the same for office software. Computer hardware is update on a regular basis. That comment about what was 20 years ago, depends on what technology you're talking about. One example is phones, I can tell you the govt phones were behind the times.
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    Re: White House budget director blames old computers for ineffective government

    One more reason that the Government needs to accept that they are utterly incapable of "managing" the economy. They are there to keep the Military funded, and the roads paved, and they can't even do that.
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    Re: White House budget director blames old computers for ineffective government

    I think they have the causation wrong here. Government is not ineffective and inefficient because they have outdated computers. Government has outdated computers because they are ineffective and inefficient.

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