U.S. Digital Service plugs along under Trump
The U.S. Digital Service was born during the Obama era, but the federal agency still managed to advance and complete a long list of projects in 2017 under President Trump, including the release of software data tools for health care companies (Blue Button 2.0), according to its annual report.
Why it matters: "One big trend that I noticed is that the longer that the Digital Service is at a particular agency… we see more and more appetite from the agency for our services," Matt Cutts, acting administrator of the Digital Service, tells Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva.
Modernizing government's technology and how services are delivered to Americans is a bipartisan priority, and crucial work that's sorely needed, says Cutts, a former Googler who joined the agency in June 2016.
- "I have to admit, I was shocked — when I started I worked for six months at the Pentagon and I was shocked that no one had implemented bug bounties, and they've been around since the 90s," he says, adding that the first program was put in place just a couple of months prior to his arrival.
Help wanted: Just like the rest of the tech industry, Cutts says that his biggest challenge is recruiting, a constraint that's keeping the agency from taking on as many projects as it could.