Matt Cutts, a 16-year engineer at Google and director of engineering at the U.S. Digital Service, will serve as acting administrator of USDS.
Cutts wrote in a blog post published Wednesday he will succeed Mikey Dickerson, the first USDS administrator and a political appointee, Friday.
Cutts, who took a leave from his post at Google to join USDS in June, officially resigned from the California-based technology firm Dec. 31 to assume his new role at USDS.
During his eight months at USDS, he has worked with the Defense Department and 18F organization to update the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system and the onboarding process for military recruits.
He joined Google in 2000 where he created and oversaw a team of engineers and anti-spam professionals and authored several patents for online search ranking and technology.
Cutts hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in computer science the University of North Carolina.