How The White House Is Leading The National Effort On Civic Innovation

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Editor’s note: Maury Blackman is president and CEO of Accela, a provider of cloud-based civic engagement solutions for government.

Silicon Valley, Uncle Sam needs you! No, I’m not talking about just your checkbook. Many of us who work in tech and live in California are accustomed to calls from candidates and campaigns asking for money every couple of years. But this request is much different.

Members of a new White House effort, the U.S. Digital Service (USDS), have been making house calls, from Sand Hill Road to tech companies all over the Bay Area. Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, Fuse Corps Founder Jennifer Anastasoff, USDS Administrator Mikey Dickerson and others who led efforts to resuscitate Healthcare.gov are on a recruiting trip for tech talent.

And big names are joining; the White House recently hired its first-ever chief data scientist, Dr. DJ Patil, who will work…

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