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Obama to Use Google and Campaign Model to Make Gov't Smarter

12:07 PM, Jul 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama announced today that his administration would follow the models pioneered by Google and his presidential campaign to make government smarter:

"Back in 2007, when I was first running for this office, I had the opportunity to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View in Silicon Valley to discuss ways we could use technology to allow more citizens to participate in the democracy and bring the government still largely in the 20th-century into the 21st century. After all, we had already set out to build a new type of campaign," Obama began.

The president also said, "We, the people, realize this government belongs to us. It’s up to each and every one of us to make it work better."

And Obama said he met with his cabinet today to discuss the issue:

"So today I met with all my cabinet, including the new cabinet member, some of whom have extraordinary experience, and I directed the cabinet to develop an aggressive management agenda that delivers a smarter, more innovative and more accountable government for its citizens. We're going to continue to adopt good ideas from the private sector," Obama said.

"So they and 40 other fellows are taking this private sector expertise and bringing it into the government, making it smarter, more user-friendly."

The president also said that government would store data so that government forms could be automatically filled in "so you don't have to enter it every time you log in."

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