White House launches ‘U.S. Digital Service,’ with HealthCare.gov fixer at the helm


President Barack Obama participates in a live Twitter question and answer session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 3, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The White House announced Monday that they’re putting the same minds that rescued HealthCare.gov to work on other government technology headaches with the launch of a “U.S. Digital Service.”

The team will be led by Mikey Dickerson, the former Google engineer widely credited with playing a central role in salvaging the HealthCare.gov after its disastrous launch. The idea behind the USDS: to institutionalize the approach that saved the health care site -- and apply it to the work of the government before disaster strikes.

The launch comes after months of discussion. In testimony before the Senate's Homeland Security Committee in May, U.S. Chief Information Officer Steve Van Roekel said the new team would have "centralized, world-class capability” and be “made up of our country’s brightest digital talent."

"Think of this as [a team of] management consultants that helps you understand your gaps," said Van Roekel.

Read more over at The Switch

Nancy Scola is a reporter who covers the intersections of technology and public policy, politics, and governance.
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