As of next month, Iâ€™ll be a proud employee of the U.S. government.
In February I join the ranks of 18F, a digital startup-like team embedded in the federal government. Just shy of a year old, 18F collaborates with federal agencies to make digital products that serve the people. For so many reasons, this is a logical next career step:
- 18F is mission-driven.
- After organizing Hack for Western Mass for two years, this is a chance to be a professional civic hacker.
- Some scary smart people from all over the country work at 18F.
- Iâ€™ll get to work from Western Mass and maintain my outside-the-Beltway perspective.
At National Priorities Project (NPP), I championed the cause of better data about our governmentâ€™s spending, and 18F is working with the Treasury Department on that. NPP uses several federal APIs in its apps, and 18F is helping to grow these services. NPP is a proponent of government transparency, and 18F works in the open.
In other words, this is an extraordinary opportunity to move from advocacy to execution. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to take the leap, and hello to 18F. I can’t wait to join you.