Senate Dem praises new White House tech strike force

The Obama administration's new strike force to boost administration technology has earned early praise from Senate Homeland Security Chairman Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperSenate panel unanimously approves water infrastructure bill Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Google struggle to block terrorist content | Cambridge Analytica declares bankruptcy in US | Company exposed phone location data | Apple starts paying back taxes to Ireland Overnight Energy: Pruitt taps man behind 'lock her up' chant for EPA office | Watchdog to review EPA email policies | Three Republicans join climate caucus MORE (D-Del.).

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In a statement on Tuesday, Carper said the administration’s new effort — named the U.S. Digital Service — “has the potential to help our government modernize how agencies develop and use technology by harnessing valuable insight from the private sector’s best and brightest digital experts.”

The White House rolled out its new strike force Monday. 

The new effort will be spearheaded by former Google engineer Mikey Dickerson and will work to improve federal websites and infrastructure.

The increased focus on technology comes after the administration’s turbulent rollout last fall of HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website dedicated to implementing the Affordable Care Act.

Carper said that he hopes “the U.S. Digital Service will prevent future mishaps from occurring as it works to strengthen our agencies’ digital systems and help agency leadership figure out what works and what they can do better when it comes to information technology.”

While “every organization, public or private, faces challenges successfully delivering results from large information technology investments … the federal government continues to struggle more than the private sector,” he continued.

“It is critical that we improve how federal agencies acquire, implement and manage information technology and provide a valuable return on the taxpayer dollars invested in these programs.”