Digital transformation kickstart: Turnbull brings in US star


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It aims to be a 500-day digital sprint, instead of a slog, as the Digital Transformation Office launches this week. A star performer has been brought in from the Obama administration, former US government CIO Vivek Kundra, to inspire the APS200 to digitally transform the way government interacts with citizens.

The first step in the Communication Minister’s audacious 500-day ambition to have all major government transactions digitally delivered by 2017 kicks off this week with Sydney and Canberra launch events for the new Digital Transformation Office.

A special guest will headline a closed-door meeting of the APS200 — the 200 top leaders of the Australian Public Service — this Wednesday in Canberra as part of the introduction of the DTO to the top tier of the public sector.

Former US government CIO Vivek Kundra is the star attraction in a series of public and private meetings, where he is expected to talk about his digital transformation experience and the concept of connected government, as President Barack Obama’s first digital service delivery czar.

Kundra was responsible for the rolling out of Obama’s promised data.gov early in his first term and a series of initiatives to enable greater community engagement with government. He also launched a high level dashboard to give greater visibility around IT projects. He’s now back in the private sector, as vice-president of emerging markets for Salesforce, the behemoth enterprise cloud provider. Service NSW recently adopted the company’s platform to support the rapid roll-out of a single-service portal for all citizen interactions.

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