Summary of How a Start-Up in the White House Is Changing Business as Usual

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A White House tech start-up is bringing US e-governance into the 21st century.


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The US government isn’t renowned for developing exceptional online solutions. Remember 2013’s fiasco? Digital disrupter Haley Van Dyke and a team of tech all-stars work for the US Digital Service to redress the problem. This “Peace Corps for nerds” is making headway, streamlining processes for veterans and immigrants. getAbstract recommends Van Dyke’s upbeat report to web developers, public administrators and taxpayers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the US government has failed to deliver services efficiently,
  • How the United States Digital Service is redressing this shortcoming and
  • How the US Digital Service makes government work better for its citizens.


Filing an application for veteran’s benefits in the US requires navigating more than 1,000 websites or choosing from nearly 1,000 government-operated phone numbers. Veterans then must wait an average of 137 days for Veteran’s Affairs (the VA) to process their requests.
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About the Speaker

Haley Van Dyck is the deputy administrator of the US Digital Service, which develops e-governance technologies.

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    Abdul Niyaz 1 year ago
    lack of accountability seems only reason between public and private sector when it comes to deliver.

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