Inside the Transition’s TIGR Team

The transition website released today a video of its Technology, Innovation and Government Reform (TIGR) team.  It’s a 4 minute video explaining the purpose of the team – improving the way government uses technology.  This is an important distinction.  The transition’s focus on technology has been much more on what could be called – borrowing the Brooksian phrase from science policy – technology for policy rather than policy for technology.  To be sure, the transition is focused on both, but you will need to look elsewhere to get a sense of how the Obama Administration will consider nanotechnology, clean energy technology, and other technologies, new or existing.  With the TIGR team (pronounced as Eeyore might, oddly enough), technology is a tool for better government as much, if not more, than it is for economic development or advancing other public goals.