18F, the widely publicized team of agile digital-service wizards inside the General Services Administration, has accomplished much since its beginning in 2014.
GovTech reports on how the consultancy was founded and its achievements in bringing agile and human-centered processes to the forefront of the federal digital services landscape.
Plans for future funding and support for this powerful government startup are in the works, especially in the face of a pending presidential election.
The achievements have brought 18F both praise and resistance, as established government IT firms that worried about added competition and preserving large contracts have lobbied to isolate 18F’s procurement activities. Internally, former GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini has also said that the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, which manages 18F’s funding, has expressed concern about the group’s growth and its ability to recover costs — something it estimates to accomplish by 2019 or sooner.
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