The General Services Administration is building a new internal unit intended to solve IT problems for other agencies, the agency announced last week.
The new group, called 18F (after the GSA’s headquarters location at 18th and F streets in Northwest Washington) is comprised of designers, software developers and others recruited from both the public and private sectors.
The new team plans to partner with government agencies to help deliver better digital services, according to an 18F blog. Using open-source code, the unit will deploy working prototypes for software, and will either build new technology for agencies, consult with agencies on existing technology, or help agencies buy new technology, according to the blog.
The GSA also plans to involve members of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, a partnership between the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the GSA.