Bill would codify Presidential Innovations Fellows program

Three Senate lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill that would codify the Presidential Innovations Fellows program to ensure a statutory pathway for government to recruit technology entrepreneurs and innovators to public service.

The program, established by the White House in 2012, pairs technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators with top civil-servants to create solutions to pressing national issues.

A similar bill sponsored by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) passed in the house in June.

“Technology has changed dramatically since I first became involved in the telecommunications business, but government has been slow to adapt to new changes in productivity and data access,” said bill sponsor Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). “This bill creates a permanent pipeline for our nation’s best and brightest to innovate inside government agencies, allowing for an injection of private sector expertise without creating bureaucratic bloat or displacing change-makers within government. The contributions of the talented participants of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program will help us build a more efficient, accessible, and accountable government for generations to come.”

Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) also cosponsored the legislation.

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