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The Tiny USDS Team of Mikey Dickerson and Haley Van Dyck Taking on a Massive Reform of Government IT, by Steven Levy on Medium


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The US Digital Service is trying to quickly and (relatively) cheaply fix a bunch of institutionalized IT failure in the Federal government.

Not sure how they built it so cheaply.

The Healthcare.gov experience shows how great the differences can be. In newly released figures, the government says that constructing the original enrollment system, known as the Federally Facilitated Marketplace operating system, cost $200 million and would have required $70 million a year to maintain. The new version of the site, revamped by USDS engineers from Google, Y Combinator startups and other commercial tech outposts, cost $4 million to produce, with annual maintenance costs also $4 million.

Assisting Dickerson is his deputy administrator and USDS co-founder, Haley Van Dyck, who has been a key player for the administration’s tech strategies since the 2008 transition, working at the White House, the FCC and USAID. She was also responsible for the first time a government policy effort was developed using the collaborative GitHub tool.

I think they look like a rock band like Karmin or The White Stripes. 

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