SXSW 2017

Bureaucracy Hackers — Disrupting Digital Government

The federal government has no problem spending money on technology. It does so annually at a level of about $90 billion. Getting the expected value from those investments, however, isn't something that happens often.

Since the collapse of, a corps of digital experts have infiltrated the federal government in tech SWAT teams like the U.S. Digital Service and 18F to hack the culture around IT development and acquisition.

These bureaucracy hackers are looking for ways to cut government's red tape, which has made it so prone to large-scale tech failure. This panel will bring them together to discuss their successes, challenges and next steps under a new administration.

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  1. What do you see as your biggest successes since your team's formation? Do others see it that way? Why or why not?
  2. What areas in government — obvious and not — really need the specialized help of digital services teams?
  3. What do you see as the role of your digital services team throughout this next term?



Billy Mitchell, Managing Editor, FedScoop

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