Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke today on how to modernize government at a White House Office event.
Excerpts of his remarks are below, or watch online here.
On how the Innovation Initiative is a bipartisan disruption of the status quo:
“My vision is to have government as innovative as Google, as customer-centric as Apple, and as quick as Amazon…. Our greatest strength is our President. We’ve got a disruptor. If anybody else was sitting in that job you’d get status quo to continue further. They’d talk about it, but they couldn’t get it done. So one, we’ve got a great ability to make this happen because of our President. Secondly, we created something in Congress called the Innovation Initiative. We just had it last year—I created it with Patrick McHenry. We moved 35 bills last year. It takes 218 votes to pass a bill. You know what our average vote on our bills were? 366. We didn’t start to say, ‘Let’s make a bipartisan bill.’ We just started with a problem and because the solution was so good it became bipartisan. Nine of them became law already.”
On how we’re modernizing government technology systems:
“We spend $80 billion a year on IT. Eighty percent of that goes to legacy programs.… We’re working on the Modernizing Government Technology Act. And it’s just not one side of the aisle. You know who’s authoring this. Will Hurd (TX-23), Steny Hoyer (MD-05), and myself. So I’ve got the minority whip and a very bright sophomore that was a former CIA agent and had his own technology company, working on how we’re going through with each department and changing how we use technology and getting rid of the legacy programs.
On how fresh eyes in government yield better results:
“If we use the same government people that have worked there for decades and you think you’re going to get a different outcome, you’re not. The TALENT Act allows those that have never been in government, never dreamed of being in government, and are not going to have a career to government, but are willing to come in for a year. And they’re in the private sector, they’re in technology… And they look at something and say, ‘Why are you doing it this way?’… That’s what we need.”