White House hosts summit on modernizing government
Updated 3:45 p.m. ET
The Obama administration hosted several top business and union leaders on Thursday for a meeting on modernization efforts across the federal government.
“I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives,” President Obama told an audience at the White House. “Improving the technology our government uses isn’t about having the fanciest bells and whistles on our websites -- it’s about how we use the American people’s hard-earned tax dollars to make government work better for them.”
White House officials hope to make the federal bureaucracy leaner and meaner by using new technologies, such as the Web and text messaging.
But those efforts won't come at the expense of federal workers, Obama said.
"Our government employees are some of the hardest-working, most dedicated, most competent people I know," he said.
"All too often, their best efforts are thwarted because the technological revolution that has transformed our society over the past two decades has yet to reach many parts of our government. Many of these folks will tell you that their kids have better technology in their backpacks and in their bedrooms than they have at the desks at their work," Obama said.
Here's a (updated) list of of dignitaries that attended Thursday's meeting, per the White House:
Shantanu Narayen, Adobe Technology
John McGlade, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Consumer Goods
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List
Cheryl Milone, Article One Partners
Andrea Jung, Avon
Debra Lee, BET Networks
Gregory Page, Cargill, Inc.
David Dougherty, Convergys
Craig Newmark, Craigslist
Samuel Allen, Deere & Co.
John Riccitiello, Electronic Arts, Inc.
Pam Nicholson, Enterprise
Chris Hughes, Facebook
Michael Thompson, Fair Oaks Farms
Ping Fu, Geomagic
Wendy Lea, GetSatisfaction
Andrew Mason, Groupon
Daniel Weirich, GW Micro
Al Fuller, Integrated Packaging
Mickey Drexler, J.Crew
Carl Camden, Kelly Services Staffing
James Crowe, Level 3 Communications, Inc.
Bill McComb, Liz Claiborne, Inc.
Jeff Joerres, Manpower, Inc.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft
Sal Iannuzzi, Monster.com
Punita Pandey, netCustomer
Jeffrey Jordan, OpenTable
Charles Harrington, Parsons Corp.
Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo
Peter Darbee, PG&E Corp.
Robert Glaser, Real Networks
Tom Adams, Rosetta Stone
Sam Gilliland, Sabre Holdings
Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines
Daniel Hesse, Sprint Nextel
Ronald Sargent, Staples
John Chen, Sybase, Inc.
James Kennedy, T. Rowe Price
Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner
Dan Bane, Trader Joe’s
Glenn Tilton, United Airlines
Scott Davis, UPS
David Segura, VisionIT
Daniel Fulton, Weyerhaeuser
Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool
Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp
Harold Mills, Zero Chaos
| January 14, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
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