If Monday’s clip showing college students who couldn’t name the Vice President left you depressed, this post by Andew Nacin is the antidote.

Did you even know we had a U.S. Digital Service?


I’ve joined the White House’s U.S. Digital Service

. . . For five years and counting, I’ve had the honor and privilege as a lead developer of WordPress to play a role in a large, incredible movement to democratize publishing. From my home in D.C., I’ve closely watched open data and open government efforts. I feel very strongly about an open, transparent, and efficient government — boosted in no small part by WordPress and open source.

. . . [W]e’ve all heard how difficult government itself makes it to launch good government digital services. While many of us may have have wanted to help, few thought they could. Fewer knew how.

But then the U.S. Digital Service was formed, from the team that helped rescue healthcare.gov. It’s dedicated to tackling some of government’s most pressing problems, ones that directly affect millions of people’s lives. The formula is simple: take what helped turn around healthcare.gov and apply it to other high priority projects across government. . . .

The U.S. Digital Service is the real deal. I’ve been astounded by the impact we’ve already made. We’ve recruited some of the best and brightest. Don’t just take my word for it — do what you can to learn more about this movement and come help us make government better. If you haven’t seen this video yet, take a look. (A few of you have noticed me in the background.)

Yes!  Take three minutes to watch the video.

I am positively buoyed.

One more reason to be proud of this Administration — and hopeful about the future.



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