US Digital Service Turns 2

Frank Konkel | NextGov | August 9, 2016

The U.S. Digital Service, the White House tech wing launched by the Obama administration after the botched rollout, has become a federal mainstay in two years, positively affecting a number of critical services citizens and the government depend on. In a blog post Tuesday, the White House made use of USDS’ second birthday to highlight its most significant work.

That includes making it easier for veterans to access health care through a new application and consolidating thousands of websites into one portal at;  introducing a college scorecard in conjunction with the Education Department and 18F, USDS’ sister agency housed within the General Services Administration; modernizing the maligned Defense Travel System to a cloud-based system; and many others.

The White House blog has a full dossier on all USDS’ efforts, which also includes policy improvements to how the federal government purchases technology. USDS developed resources to help agencies share and develop best practices in procurement and a Digital Services Playbook containing 13 strategies agencies can reap to build more effective digital services...