Our country needs more Presidential Innovation Fellows. Our government needs product, engineering, design, technology, and organizational and development leaders who have the experience and management skills to solve critical problems, create new teams, and make a significant impact on the way citizens experience government services. Charles Worthington, Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and former Presidential Innovation Fellow, addressing the 2019 PIFs. (photo credit: Jeff White, GSA) The mission of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is to transform the federal government from within.
Starting October 2018, Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) kicked-off and will lead a 14-week tech sprint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other digital enthusiasts. The goal of this tech sprint is to transform federal open data from HHS, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other agencies into digital tools. Modeled after The Opportunity Project (TOP) at U.S. Department of Commerce, the TOP Health tech sprint is specifically designed to improve the patient experience, for example, by assisting in novel therapeutics accessibility and improving clinical trials.