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White House Innovation Fellows Project Spins Off Into A Business

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, May 15 2013

The White House on Wednesday published the results of RFP-EZ, a pilot project to simplify procurement.

Clay Johnson and Adam Becker joined the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to help the White House fix the way government does business. Now they're turning that mission into a business themselves. Read More

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 ... Read More

How The White House Is Reaching Out To The Tech Community To Hack Government-As-Usual

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, September 25 2012

Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, solicits ideas from the crowd. Photo: Sarah Lai Stirland

As politicos ratchet up the election-year rhetoric over the role of the government on the campaign trail, a small group of White House staffers and volunteers from the technology community are quietly getting down to the brass tacks: They’re engaging in what amounts to a national tour to crowdsource outside-the-Beltway talent in the ongoing quest to make impenetrable government processes more accessible. Read More

How the White House Plans to Make Innovation Fellowships Work

BY Christian Bourge | Friday, August 24 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Yesterday morning, the Obama White House launched a new fellowship program aimed at bringing technological innovation to the federal government by fast-tracking the work of online development and tech start-up experts who will serve six-month stints at various federal agencies.

“What we are gunning for is an ecosystem of innovation,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park told techPresident following the morning announcement of 18 new Presidential Innovation Fellows at a White House event.

Here's how the administration plans to make Silicon Valley culture work in the White House.

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White House to Announce Presidential Innovation Fellows Thursday

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, August 21 2012

The White House will announce the participants in the inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellows program Thursday. The goal of the initiative is to bring top innovators from outside government to work with innovators inside government "to create real and substantial changes that will in a very short time frame benefit the American people, save taxpayers money, and help create new jobs," according to a blog post from White House CTO Todd Park. Read More

White House Rolls Out New Plan for Digital Government

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 23 2012

The White House on Wednesday rolled out a new strategy document on digital government that sets out government-wide goals and priorities for dealing with citizens online, creates a new center at the General Services Administration to encourage agencies to get onboard, and calls for new government-wide standards for IT procurement.

White House Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel and Chief Technology Officer Todd Park unveiled the strategy Wednesday at TechCrunch Disrupt, a technology conference held in New York City. In their remarks, they framed the strategy as a sweeping reinvention of the way the government interacts with citizens online designed to make it ever easier for people inside and outside of government to improve service delivery for Americans over the web.Read More

HHS' "Entrepreneur-in-Residence," Todd Park, to Become Next White House CTO

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 9 2012

Todd Park at an event in September. Photo: Maria Ly / Flickr

The White House has announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Chief Technology Officer, Todd Park, will take that title again at the federal level as the next U.S. CTO. Chopra announced in late January that he would be stepping down and return to Virginia, but hasn't yet said what he'll be doing next. Park has described his role at HHS as that of an "entrepreneur in residence," which meant, in practice, spending a lot of time working to change the way HHS handles data. "The President has asked him to bring that same approach to a broader mission – helping to replicate those and other best practices across government and bring them to scale," the White House announced in a press release. Another White House official, Tom Power, will serve in another role that Chopra held, that of OSTP's associate director for technology, until a permanent replacement is found. Read More

HHS Releases All the Data You'd Need to Build Your Own Health Insurance Finder

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 29 2011

Last week, the federal Department of Health and Human Services released comprehensive nationwide data on available health insurance plans in every state in the union and the District of Columbia. This dataset is the one ... Read More

Healthcare.gov Design Lead Says Work Began With a Tweet

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 26 2011

Healthcare.gov Design Lead Ed Mullen shared a post on his blog last week about how he got involved with the project — and says it all started with a tweet. After starting to stew over the potential of health ... Read More

Todd Park's Plan to NOAA-ize Health Data

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 2 2011

HHS CTO Todd Park; photo credit: JD Lasica Over on the Atlantic, Simon Owens profiles Department of Health and Human Services CTO Todd Park. Owens writes that in their interviews, Park returned again and again to the ... Read More