When we talk about "innovation" in government tech, what do we mean? 18F surveyed multiple digital innovation groups in cultural heritage institutions and federal agencies on this very question. As an innovation group ourselves, the results both challenged us and strengthened our confidence in the importance of trying new approaches in the government space.
— Alec Palmer
FEC’s Chief Information Officer
We support your mission
As an office within the General Services Administration, we know how to work with government. Federal, state, and local governments can partner with 18F to deliver projects that fulfill their mission, stay within budget, and use leading technology practices.
What 18F can do
Modernize software development processes while introducing good agile and human-centered design practices to your agency
Improve public-facing services like websites or applications
Digitize and streamline internal systems to save time and increase accuracy
Rethinking how the Federal Election Commission provides data, instructions, and legal resources to the public.
Implementing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act with one of the largest government-wide agile projects ever undertaken.
An efficient way for contracting officers to search past government contracts for fair hourly rates.
Some agencies we’ve worked with
- Health and Human Services
- U.S. Air Force
- Department of Justice
- Department of the Interior
- State of Wisconsin
- Office of Management and Budget
Recent blog posts
We often talk about 18F Engineering as a technology shop, but that's too broad. There are very few technology choices we actually make at the project level. When we build, we usually build open-source cloud-based web applications. We combine a limited set of technologies to make our applications. To explain this, we'll use the metaphor of a sandwich shop.
Executives often rely on productivity metrics to measure success, but these measures can obscure whether the software is actually working for users. Stories are a better resource to build a strategy between a senior executive and a product team. This is part five in a series on how senior executive and tech teams can be better allies.