Digital government

Presidential fellow hawks MyUSA site as proof government can innovate

Placeholder Image for Article Template

Presidential Innovation Fellow Hillary Hartley discussed the site's upcoming launch during a New America Foundation event.

For those who doubt that it is possible for the federal government to be innovative, Presidential Innovation Fellow Hillary Hartley has a message: MyUSA will prove you wrong.

According to Hartley, My.USA.gov is a great example of the type of civic innovation that can make government more relevant and a friendlier presence in people's lives. And it can achieve those goals through innovation, she said during a Jan. 28 event at the New America Foundation where she discussed the site's upcoming launch.

"We're hoping that it helps agencies build these new, effective tools to engage with the public," Hartley said. "MyUSA is kind of a single-sign-on platform."

Hartley, who has been working on the site during her tenure as a fellow at the General Services Administration, said MyUSA will be a place where people can save information pertinent to multiple online government forms (such as those at Benefits.gov) and keep track of interactions with agency websites.

According to the Presidential Innovation Fellows website, the goal is to organize the delivery of government services "around people and the specific tasks they need to complete" rather than "around the agencies that deliver them."

"[Users] are able to do things that they weren't able to do before, like [save] certain information or certain tasks or bookmarks or profile information to their MyUSA profile," Hartley said.

People with a .gov email address can sign up now to test the site. It will be open to the public in a few months.

About the Author

Reid Davenport is a former FCW editorial fellow. Connect with him on Twitter: @ReidDavenport.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity
    CISA chief Chris Krebs disusses the future of the agency at Auburn University Aug. 22 2019

    Shared services and the future of CISA

    Chris Krebs, the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, said that many federal agencies will be outsourcing cyber to a shared service provider in the future.

  • Telecom
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA softens line on looming EIS due date

    Think of the September deadline for agencies to award contracts under the General Services Administration's $50-billion telecommunications contract as a "yellow light," said GSA's telecom services director.

  • Defense
    Shutterstock photo id 669226093 By Gorodenkoff

    IC looks to stand up a new enterprise IT program office

    The intelligence community wants to stand up a new program executive office to help develop new IT capabilities.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.