Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“A big reason why the government is inefficient and ineffective is because Washington has outdated technology, with federal workers having better computers at home than in the office,” Ian Swanson reports for The Hill’s Hillicon Valley.

“This startling admission came Thursday from Peter Orszag, who manages the federal bureaucracy for President Barack Obama,” Swanson reports. “The public is getting a bad return on its tax dollars because government workers are operating with outdated technologies, Orszag said in a statement that kicked off a summit between Obama and dozens of corporate CEOs.”

MacDailyNews Take: If ever there was a reason to have Al Gore on Apple’s Board of Directors, this would seem to be it. Get on the horn, Al!

Swanson continues, “Obama is meeting with CEOs to solicit their views on how to improve the federal government with new information technology.”

“Obama had proposed the meeting in April. CEOs from Craigslist, Facebook, Microsoft, Adobe Technology and Monster.com are among those taking part,” Swanson reports. “Those attending the summit are to break into smaller groups to discuss streamlining government operations, improving customer service and maximizing return on IT investments.”

MacDailyNews Take: That’s some summit guest list. Sheesh. Maybe Apple should crash the gate?

For some real positive change, the government should stop wasting time and money proposing summits that never happen (April?! It’s January of the following year already!) with social networking and employment sites, a freakin’ bloated multimedia software company, and the exact company that ushered in the Dark Ages of Personal Computing, Microsoft, and begin to systematically replace outmoded junky Windows PCs and antiquated Windows Mobile/BlackBerry devices with those that are:

• More versatile: Run the world’s largest software library, not a subset like Windows
• Better built: Last longer, higher resale value
• Far safer: Not one virus, not single one
• More satisfying-to-use: Creating workers who want to work with their computers and devices more and are therefore more productive

Yes, the Apple Mac OS X and iPhone OS platforms.

After all, one of the most successful companies, if not the most successful company on the planet runs on the Mac OS X and iPhone OS platforms. You’d think that maybe, just maybe, others would be able to notice that rather blatantly obvious fact and begin to figure it out.

Unfortunately, the fact that it would be smart, effective, and efficient to choose such a course virtually precludes government from doing so.