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Senators Ask Congress for More Funds to Help US Digital Service, TTS Back States, Local Governments

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A group of 16 senators has called on congressional leaders to allocate more funds for the Office of Management and Budget’s U.S. Digital Service and the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service to help state and local governments address information technology challenges as they administer federal assistance programs to citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HHS Launches IT Workforce Acquisition Pilot with U.S. Digital Service

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking information technology professionals to help the department with healthcare modernization efforts, FCW reported Friday. HHS partnered with the U.S. Digital Service to hire IT personnel to help with data management, data collection, customer support and analysis that will support acquisitions and policymaking.

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Sen. Kamala Harris Proposes Bill to Bolster U.S. Digital Services

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has introduced a bill that aims to support the government's investment in digital services, including corresponding personnel and technologies. The Digital Service Act will allot $50M in annual funds for the U.S. Digital Service and $15M in annual grants for equivalent efforts in state and local govenments, Harris' office said Thursday.

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Report: Revamped VA Website Unifies Access to All Veteran Services

The Department of Veterans Affairs has consolidated its services into a single website in a move to comply with veterans' preferences, Nextgov reported Wednesday. “Vets.gov was intended to build a plain language, easier experience for veterans to understand the benefits they’ve earned and to be able to access and transact with the VA more effectively,” said Marcy Jacobs, executive director at the department's U.S. Digital Service team.

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Matt Cutts Named Permanent US Digital Service Administrator, Eddie Hartwig Promoted to Deputy Administrator

Matt Cutts, acting director of the U.S. Digital Service, has assumed leadership of USDS on a permanent basis, Nextgov reported Monday. Eddie Hartwig, interim deputy chief of USDS, also transitioned to the role of permanent deputy director after the Office of Management and Budget announced that the positions will have a term limit of two years and will no longer be political appointments.

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Report: Gov’t Needs Fresh Tech Talent, Tech-Literate Leadership

A new report published by the non-profit organization Partnership for Public Service has criticized the federal government for failing to exert enough effort to recruit or cultivate technological talent that could help change the way agencies approach tech-intensive projects and address subsequent challenges. The authors of the report, Jennifer Anastasoff and Jennifer Smith, underscored the need for government to bring on board modern technical experts as well as the importance of having technologically literate senior officials.

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