Checking in on the Presidential Innovation Fellows

By Joseph Marks

January 31, 2013

As they pass the five month mark of their six month tours of duty, it’s a good time to check in on what the Presidential Innovation Fellows are up to.

For anyone who forgot, the innovation fellows are U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park’s take on the entrepreneur in residence model. They’re experts and entrepreneurs from outside government who were brought on at different agencies in August and given six months to solve a single, thorny government problem.

Here’s the account so far:

These are mostly phase one projects, of course. The true test will be whether agencies install the discovery toolbar on their websites, whether the broader developer community hooks into Alpha.data.gov, whether agencies shift to RFP-EZ for their small business contracts and whether doctors, pharmacists and others embrace simpler electronic health records.

The list so far is a positive, though, in the can government ever be the solution debate. 


By Joseph Marks

January 31, 2013

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