The White House is trying to join the 21st century by adding a “digital strike team to improve government technology,” the Hill reports. And in an effort to make the code monkeys feel more at home, the powers that be are not requiring them to dress up for work.
U.S. Digital Service head Mikey Dickerson isn’t necessarily rolling up to the office in a hoodie and Adidas slides, but he does keep it casual “in untucked shirts and rumple khakis,” the Hill says. Mr. Dickerson used to work for Google and was brought in to fix HealthCare.Gov last year.
It doesn’t take a star UX designer to see that United States’ government and state websites are atrocious. No, it really only takes a quick visit to Florida’s official webpage to see that our national web presence is in serious need of an overhaul.
To that end, the White House announced yesterday that they’ve established the United States Digital Service to rehabilitate the government’s websites, the New York Times reports. The team lead is Mikey Dickerson, the man who was brought in to save Healthcare.gov after its complete release-date meltdown and subsequent troubles.
Are startups the new boot camp? Today the White House will announce a new initiative called SummerQAmp, a summer internship program for low-income and “disconnected youth” to work at startups around the country, where they will presumably learn discipline, teamwork and real-life skills. “The initiative is being led by musician Jon Bon Jovi, the former White House CTO Aneesh Chopra and executives from GroupMe and Gilt Groupe,” according to a press release. Jason Baptiste of Onswipe will also be participating in a press conference and conference call later today.