Meeting of small team of software developers

Colorado launches its own Digital Service

Colorado announced a state version of the United States Digital Service, the federal program that offers IT professionals a chance to bring their expertise to bear on technology challenges facing government.

The Colorado Digital Service plans to recruit small teams of senior engineers, designers and product managers to work alongside career civil servants and subject matter experts to solve the state's most pressing technical challenges, according to an announcement by Gov. Jared Polis.

CDS will recruit top technologists from diverse backgrounds into term-limited "tours of civic service" where they will work to improve the state services by leveraging agile development, DevSecOps and user-centered design.

“I encourage the incredible software developers, designers and product people we have here in Colorado to give back through a tour of service,” Polis explained. “My goal is to transform state government services through innovative accessible technology solutions, and these digital service experts will help us along our journey.”

The idea of injecting private-sector tech talent into government -- which arguably began with Code for American at the local-government level -- has gained traction among federal agencies like the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and now seems to be spreading to a number of states. In March, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the Digital Service Act of 2019, which would allocate funds for the U.S. Digital Service administer as grants to state programs.

Interested software developers, designers and product managers can apply for a digital tour of service at colorado.gov/digitalservice

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