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Obama Signs Order to Make Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Permanent

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InnovationLightBulbPresident Barack Obama has signed an executive order that establishes the previously experimental Presidential Innovation Fellows program a permanent initiative in federal government, Federal Times reported Monday.

Aaron Boyd writes that the program, which helped form the U.S. Digital Service and 18F, works to foster innovation by bringing talent from the private sector’s technology community to do short-term service with the government.

“My hope is this continues to encourage a culture of public service among our innovators and tech entrepreneurs so that we can keep building a government that’s as modern and innovate and as engaging as our incredible tech sector,” Obama said, according to the report.

Mario Trujillo also reports on The Hill that the executive order establishes an advisory board to oversee the fellowship program beyond Obama’s term.

The administration also indicated that the program supports open data efforts in government and facilitates the potential recruitment of technology talent for long-term roles in the public sector, the report said.

The Presidential Innovation Fellows program operates as part of the General Services Administration‘s 18F organization.

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