GSA Announces Governmentwide Innovation Service
To help federal agencies take advantage of emerging technology and transition to more modern approaches to developing digital services, the General Services Administration announced its plans today to form the Technology Transformation Service (TTS).
The TTS will help expand the work of 18F, GSA’s in-house digital services agency that has helped agencies redesign their online presence and provide digital consulting services since its formation in March 2014.
“The Technology Transformation Service is the ‘launchpad’ to set us up for the next big expedition for the federal government in technology,” GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said in an agency blog post announcing the change. “We have to create a smart government that provides seamless experiences designed for the user first. Creating the Technology Transformation Service builds a great foundation for the federal government’s modernization efforts.”
In the new service, 18F, the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT), and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program will each have an office and comprise the 183-employee TSS.
OCSIT currently manages the web presence of USA.gov, DigitalGov, and “houses the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which conducts security reviews of cloud computing service providers seeking to sell to the government,” reports NextGov.
“By moving these programs into a new service, we are demonstrating a commitment to make agile, user-centered delivery of technology the way we do business moving forward,” Roth said.
U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said in a statement the new tech service “will strengthen the way federal agencies develop, buy and share cutting-edge solutions, and continue the significant progress we’ve seen over recent years in enhancing the way government uses technology to serve the American public.”
As part of the Obama administration’s budget request for the next fiscal year, President Obama proposed a $3.1 billion revolving fund to help agencies transition to more modern hardware. The fund would be managed by a panel of GSA experts.
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