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White House Posts 'Help Wanted' Sign Online for Civic-Minded Hackers

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, February 5 2013

The White House on Monday said that it's ready to receive applications for the next round of presidential innovation fellows -- civic minded programmers and entrepreneurs interested in working on and implementing new ideas within federal agencies on a short-term basis.

The program was first launched last August, and the initial round of 18 fellows have worked on projects that relate to open data, veterans' access to personal health information online, mobile payments in developing countries, and revamping a gateway Web site that directs citizens to the information they're seeking on government services. One recently completed project is an online bidding system called RFP EZ. It's meant to simplify the process of procurement for smaller projects both for federal agencies and small businesses looking for opportunities.

In a Tuesday blog post, Todd Park, the U.S.' chief technology officer and Steven Van Roekel, the U.S.' chief information officer, specified that they're interested in acquiring talent in specific areas of expertise, ranging from disaster recovery to accounting. The terms of the projects can last between six and 12 months.

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