18F offers a leg up to state and local government
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- Feb 29, 2016
State and local governments will soon be able to tap the expertise of the General Services Administration’s 18F digital services group. By partnering with federal agencies that give grants to state and local programs, 18F’s new State and Local Government Practice will provide consulting and acquisition services focusing on human-centered, agile and modular design.
This expansion stems from 18F’s successful pilot project last year to upgrade and overhaul the California’s legacy Child Welfare System.
Working with the Department of Health and Human Services, Code for America and the California Department of Social Services, 18F formulated a series of smaller contracts with quicker turnarounds for the system rebuild, rather than a awarding a single vendor a contract to deliver and build the $400 million project.
18F’s approach to modular contracting and agile development helps agencies save money, reduce the risk of failed and stalled projects and conduct testing as iterative products are delivered. According to GSA, 18F has helped federal agencies save up to 50 percent with smarter contracting practices.
Robin Carnahan, former Missouri secretary of state, will lead 18F’s new State and Local Government Practice. “Using our federal agency partnerships to give state and local officials access to 18F’s digital experts and services is a great way to help more citizens and save millions of dollars for taxpayers,” Carnahan said. "It just makes sense for everyone."
Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.