Chopra said, "Fourth, my first homework assignment since coming into office was to provide for a more open and transparent government. The president asked me in the capacity of CTO to provide recommendations on how to make the government transparent, participatory, and collaborative. Every federal agency today now has an open government plan. We are actively implementing those plans with a number of flagship initiatives that have already come online, and every day we celebrate a new initiative that is in the spirit of the president's open government philosophy." Chopra has been working on transparency initiatives that led to the creation of data.gov and other efforts. More than 300,000 data sets are available on data.gov, he said.
Asked about the issue of H-1B visas, Chopra said the demand has fallen a bit, but immigration reform is on the administration's mind. "The president has called, as part of our comprehensive immigration reform package, to strengthen and improve upon the current H-1B system. We did make some administrative changes to H-1B for processing applications in a more streamlined fashion based on industry feedback." But the bulk of the change is part of a larger discussion about immigration reform, which includes securing the border, ensuring that employers are held accountable for employing legal Americans, and reforming the broader legal immigration system to focus on highly skilled persons, said Chopra.
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