Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has introduced new legislation that looks to codify the Presidential Innovation Fellows program into a long-term project under General Services Administration management, Fedscoop reported Monday.
Kayla Nick-Kearney writes the TALENT Act of 2016 also aims to create a PIF program advisory board that will help guide the team’s project selection and placement of fellows.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order in August to establish the previously experimental PIF as a permanent initiative in federal government.
“It is in the national interest for the government to attract the brightest minds skilled in technology or innovative practices to serve in the government to work on some of the nation’s biggest and most pressing challenges,” the legislation stated.
The Presidential Innovation Fellows program started in 2012 in an effort to attract top innovators into government to help tackle issues at the convergence of technology, policy and process.