When government is the innovator
It’s a common refrain in federal IT: “If only the government could be more like the private sector.”
If only agencies would be more agile. If only we could hire more Megan Smiths and Tony Scotts and Mikey Dickersons and DJ Patils. If only there were enough Presidential Innovation Fellows for every IT shop. If only…
The converse, meanwhile — that steady stream of brain drain as talented feds take jobs in industry — is dismissed as “cashing out” or simply smart people getting fed up with government.