Obama Administration launches U.S. Digital Service

Obama Administration launches U.S. Digital Service

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Announcements

Obama Administration launches U.S. Digital Service

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The Administration is launching the U.S. Digital Service. This small team of America’s best digital experts will work in collaboration with other government agencies to make websites more consumer friendly, to identify and fix problems, and to help upgrade the government’s technology infrastructure.

Mikey Dickerson, a top private-sector engineer who was part of the team that helped fix HealthCare.gov will serve as the new Administrator of the U.S. Digital Service and Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer.

The team has one core mission: to improve and simplify the digital experience that people and businesses have with their government by:

· Establishing standards to bring the government’s digital services in line with the best private sector services;
· Identifying common technology patterns that will help us scale services effectively;
· Collaborating with agencies to identify and address gaps in their capacity to design, develop, deploy and operate excellent citizen-facing services; and
· Providing accountability to ensure agencies see results.

With today’s announcement, the Administration is also releasing for public comment two crucial components in our growing IT toolkit that will enable agencies to do their best work–the Digital Service Playbook and the TechFAR Handbook.