Digital Bipartisanship: Designers and Innovators

In an era of hyper-partisanship and political gridlock, at least one common initiative unites the Trump and Obama White House: advancing American leadership by embracing technology and innovation in government. Trump’s Office of American Innovation (OAI), led by Jared Kushner, Reed Cordish, Matt Lira, and Rob Cook, aims to continue and further the efforts launched by previous U.S. Chief Technology Officer (USCTO) Todd Park and the co-founder of the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program, John Paul Farmer. Their collective efforts, directed at advancing and modernizing government IT infrastructure, are not merely anecdotal—the most recent Trump budget calls for greater funding for the Technology Transformation Service, and continued funding of the United States Digital Service.

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Katie Easton