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The government now has a fast-moving IT office modeled after a startup

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2014

18F promises to build products for government agencies using lean startup principles, modern programming languages, and open source code, a significant departure from the way most government websites get built. Yesterday, 18F took 29 minutes to push new code onto the GSAs mobile website, the company bragged in a blog post. In the traditional model of government IT, even such a small change could have taken weeks or months to go through the clunky federal procurement process. The website was a major setback for President Barack Obamas administration, but it started a movement to reform the way the government builds technology for its citizens. That fiasco prompted the government to institute a Government Digital Service, a 300-person team that tackles federal tech projects.

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