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Colorado Looks to U.S. Digital Service to Recruit IT Talent

Gov. Jared Polis announced the formation of the Colorado Digital Service, a new team within the Office of Information Technology that will recruit outside IT to work alongside state staff to optimize services.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced a new team within the state’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) with the charge of recruiting top technologists for term-limited tours of civic service where they will share their knowledge to benefit government services.

The Colorado Digital Service (CDS), the team’s official title, is modeled after the U.S. Digital Service, launched to resuscitate when it failed to successfully facilitate health insurance enrollment. Small groups of engineers, designers and product managers will collaborate with state employees to create and implement user-friendly digital solutions, according to a press release.

“I encourage the incredible software developers, designers and product people we have here in Colorado to give back through a tour of service,” Polis said in prepared statement. “My goal is to transform state government services through innovative accessible technology solutions, and these digital service experts will help us along our journey.”

State staff with policy knowledge, subject-matter expertise and familiarity with bureaucratic processes will work alongside IT experts to deploy agile methodologies, an input-driven and high-adaptive approach to software development, to solve Colorado's key technical challenges, the release states.

“The Colorado Digital Service is an opportunity for tech talent to put their skills to work for the state they love, solving problems and building great solutions for our residents during a tour of service,” said CIO and OIT Executive Director Theresa Szczurek.

Software developers, designers and product managers interesting in a “digital tour of service” in Colorado are encouraged to apply online, the release states.

Patrick Groves was a staff writer for Government Technology from 2019 to 2020.