The GSA has selected the latest cadre of ten Presidential Innovations Fellows, who serve as what the agency describes as “entrepreneurs-in-residence” to help drive innovation and modernize technology.
They will be assigned to agencies including the Census Bureau, Transportation, VA, NIH and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
“The goal of the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program is to bring the principles, values and practices of the innovation economy to the federal government. This is accomplished by recruiting the best innovators, entrepreneurs, and startup founders and pairing them with top civil servants and change-makers within the government to help transform government technology,” an announcement said.
GSA said that since the highly competitive program–only 3 percent of applicants are accepted–began in 2012, fellows have worked in two dozen agencies.
Past projects have focused on improving care and access to benefits for veterans, increasing awareness and access in cancer clinical trials, helping the private sector manage risk and mitigate security threats, and creating a central digital location to share and improve outcomes for children in the foster care system, it said.