From: The Honorable Suzan K. DelBene
Sent By: lauren.soltani@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 5372
Date: 6/20/2016

Current Cosponsors: Reps. Kind, Polis, McNerney, Lieu

Dear Colleague,

In 2014, the U.S. Digital Service was formalized as a unit of private sector tech experts on temporary assignment with the federal government. The unit was placed within the Office of Management and Budget, and given the mission of advising federal agencies on ways to identify, fix, and most importantly, prevent massive government technology failures from happening in the first place.

The U.S. government spent $75.6 billion on IT projects in 2014 – but does not have an institutionalized source of IT experts to help ensure these massive expenditures are being properly spent and delivering for taxpayers. According to one report, only 6.4
percent of federal IT projects costing $10 million or more were actually successful. This is unacceptable.

While there are no silver bullets to improving government efficiency and delivery of services to taxpayers, USDS is a relatively low-cost way to save taxpayer dollars, improve government use of technology, and provide hardworking taxpayers with the quality
of services that they deserve.

My bill simply authorizes a ten-year extension of the U.S. Digital Service so that regardless of who is in the White House, taxpayers are getting a real return on their investment when it comes to government IT projects.

For more information or to sign on, please contact Lauren Soltani on my staff at lauren.soltani@mail.house.gov or 202-225-6311.

Thank you,

Suzan K. DelBene (WA-01)

Member of Congress