Statement on U.S. Digital Service Co-Founder Haley Van Dyck Returning to Serve in the Trump Administration

CONTACT: Mary Kate Mezzetti, marykate@opengovfoundation.org | +1-508-776-2789

WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2017) — The OpenGov Foundation today released the following statement from Executive Director Seamus Kraft on the news that Haley Van Dyck, who co-founded the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) under President Barack Obama, is returning to serve at USDS under President Donald Trump.  Van Dyck joins the innovative technology team led by Acting Administrator Matt Cutts:

“There are few who understand how to modernize federal information technology systems and culture better than Haley Van Dyck.  As a co-founder of USDS, she intimately knows the organization, the people and the problems they are solving.  As a civic tech leader, she knows how to get it done in one of the most challenging environments on earth.  As a public servant, she is setting an unparalleled example that, no matter who occupies the Oval Office, talented individuals need to put aside partisanship to help deliver fantastic digital services for our fellow Americans— inside and outside government.

“As The OpenGov Foundation continues our push for a sorely needed Congressional Digital Service, we will keep watching and learning from Haley’s pioneering efforts at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.  And as a taxpayer, I am deeply grateful that someone with the courage, creativity and kindness of Haley Van Dyck is on the job ensuring that every single day, the federal government is getting better with tech, design and data.  Thank you, Haley.”

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