Revolutionizing Government: The Rise of the Presidential Innovation Fellows and their Impact on Public Service

GSA Introduces Newest Class of Presidential Innovation Fellows with Focus on Technology Upgrades

In 2012, the General Services Administration (GSA) launched the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program, which recruits technology and innovation leaders from the private sector to serve as strategic advisers at various federal agencies. This year, GSA has announced the first cohort of the second PIF class to be launched in 2021. The first cohort, consisting of 21 fellows, is focused on technology modernization goals. The second cohort, launching this summer, will focus on artificial intelligence in support of the Executive Order on the Safe, Secure and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence.

GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan expressed excitement about how these innovators will use their skills for the public good by collaborating with agency leaders to improve service delivery for American people in their times of need. Over the years, PIF has recruited over 250 fellows who have made significant contributions to public service. For example, some fellows have enhanced data sharing at the Department of Veterans Affairs and supported technology modernization at the Department of Justice.

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