United States Digital Service

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United States Digital Service
US Digital Service Logo.png
Agency overview
Formed 11 August 2014 (2014-08-11)
Headquarters 736 Jackson Place, Washington, D.C.
Parent department Executive Office of the President of the United States
Website https://www.usds.gov

The United States Digital Service is a part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. It provides consultation services to federal agencies on information technology. It seeks to improve and simplify digital service, and to improve federal websites. It was launched on August 11, 2014.[1][2][3][4]

The US Digital Service is the creator of:

  • A Digital Services Playbook, for improving digital government[5]
  • Draft Web Design Standards, for building consistent, beautiful, federal government websites[6]
  • TechFAR Handbook, on federal contracting and procurement[7][8]
  • College Scorecard, to help students and their families make more informed decisions about college selection[9]

The United States Digital Service submits a report to Congress each year detailing its projects and accomplishments[10].

The first head of the US Digital Service was Mikey Dickerson, a former Google engineer who was involved in the 2013-2014 rescue of HealthCare.gov website.[11] He was succeeded by Matt Cutts.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FACT SHEET: Improving and Simplifying Digital Service". The White House. 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  2. ^ Scola, Nancy (2014-08-11). "White House launches 'U.S. Digital Service,' with HealthCare.gov fixer at the helm". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  3. ^ Howard, Alex (2014-08-13). "New US Digital Service Looks to Avoid IT Catastrophes". TechPresident. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  4. ^ Shear, Michael D (2014-08-11). "White House Picks Engineer From Google to Fix Sites". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  5. ^ Digital Services Playbook
  6. ^ Draft Web Design Standards
  7. ^ Scola, Nancy (2014-08-25). "How the U.S. Digital Service could upset D.C.'s 'IT vendor ecosystem'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  8. ^ Rockwell, Mark (2015-03-13). "OFPP launches podcast series to talk TechFAR, playbook". FCW Insider. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  9. ^ College Scorecard
  10. ^ "United States Digital Service". United States Digital Service. Retrieved 2018-04-18. 
  11. ^ Brill, Stephen (2014-02-27). "Obama's Trauma Team". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2015-04-19.  (subscription required)

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