FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2019

GOV. POLIS ANNOUNCES NEW COLORADO DIGITAL SERVICE


DENVER Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced today the launch of the Colorado Digital Service (CDS), a new team within the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). CDS will recruit top technologists from diverse backgrounds into term-limited "tours of civic service," bringing their expertise to help improve the government services that millions of Coloradans use. 


The Colorado Digital Service will model the successful United States Digital Service, launched after the healthcare.gov rescue. In CDS, small teams of senior engineers, designers, and product managers will work alongside dedicated civil servants to deliver user-centered solutions to Colorado's most pressing technical challenges. Using modern product management and proven engineering approaches for successful deployments such as Agile methodologies, CDS will offer a fast-paced, innovative delivery process built on technology best practices.


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


The Colorado Digital Service combines “digital service experts” with the best government talent who have the policy knowledge, deep subject matter expertise, and understanding to navigate complex bureaucracy. The end goal is to provide all Coloradans a seamless experience accessing state services. 


“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 OIT Chief Information Officer and Executive Director Theresa Szczurek, Ph.D. 


Software developers, designers, and product managers who are interested in applying for a digital tour of service in the State of Colorado can find more information at colorado.gov/digitalservice



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About the Colorado Digital Service

Colorado Digital Service (CDS) is a new team launched in October 2019 by Governor Jared Polis within the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT). CDS hires top technologists from diverse backgrounds into term-limited "tours of civic service," bringing their expertise to help improve the services that millions of Coloradans use. These small teams of senior engineers, designers, and product managers work alongside dedicated civil servants in Colorado's agencies to develop solutions to Colorado's most pressing technical challenges. Injecting this talent into government projects infuses best practices around agile, DevSecOps, and user-centered design into how the state provides services to residents. 


About the Governor’s Office of Information Technology

The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is a dynamic organization responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology services and driving innovation across Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. OIT delivers smart technology solutions, provides quality customer service, and supports state agencies whose missions are critical to serving Coloradans. OIT oversees technology initiatives at the state level and recommends strategies to maximize efficiencies and offer cost-effective services through the application of enterprise technology solutions. The Office’s enterprise approach also enables the agile delivery of new applications to state agencies that improve the overall customer experience and citizen access to government services while increasing accountability and transparency.


OIT is also home to the Office of Information Security and the Colorado Broadband Office, and manages the Public Safety Communications Network which includes the Digital Trunked Radio System, a statewide wireless system that enables direct communications between first responders and agencies. 



TAGS: State of Colorado, Governor Polis, Governor’s Office of Information Technology, OITColorado, Colorado Digital Service, USDS, digital tour of duty


Sample Social Media Posts

Twitter: @GovofCO announces new Colorado Digital Service within @OITColorado to continue making #govtech work better for all #Coloradans. Techies apply for “digital tour of duty” at colorado.gov/digitalservice.


Facebook: @jaredpolis announces new Colorado Digital Service within @ColoradoOIT to continue making #govtech work better for all #Coloradans. Techies apply for “digital tour of duty” at colorado.gov/digitalservice.