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Kim Hart Jan 19, 2017
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Google exec to lead White House digital group

Longtime Google engineer Matt Cutts has been on loan to the government as a technology fixer. He recently resigned from the search giant and, starting Friday, will serve as acting administrator of the U.S. Digital Service.

The White House-based organization was started by President Obama to tackle short-term government tech issues, usually relying on short stints from private sector talent. USDS is best known for its role in rescuing the healthcare.gov website.

Quick take: The U.S. Digital Service's future has been uncertain in the new administration. The decision of a well-known tech exec to officially join the team suggests the organization won't be dismantled, although its focus and permanent leadership remains unclear.