White House recruits Google engineer to fix websites

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NYT: Google's Mikey Dickerson will lead a new government team to identify and fix the government's failing computer systems and websites, like Healthcare.gov.

The decision to hire Mr. Dickerson full time is a blunt acknowledgment that even Mr. Obama’s government — with a leadership that embraced technology to win two national elections — has yet to fully adopt a Silicon Valley mind-set when it comes to cutting-edge computer systems and consumer-friendly Internet portals.

It is also a calculated bet that Mr. Dickerson can do from inside the government what he did as an outsider: break through the bureaucratic rules about technology procurement and standardized practices to inject a bit of innovative thinking across agencies.

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