Smith was appointed as the president’s Technology Adviser five years ago. She found herself caught up in the public firestorm when Obamacare rolled out. At the time, she tried to reassure the public that the administration was “on it”. Despite her obstacles, she believes she has been effective in her role. In fact, she takes some credit for the president finally taking a stand in favor of preserving Net Neutrality.
Smith has also counseled the president on how to recruit top IT talent with a focus on recruiting women. At this time, all but one of the five divisions of the Office of Science and Technology Policy are under the direction of a woman. At the same time, critics point out that the president has been unable to clearly define the role of chief technology adviser.