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Formed March 19, 2014
Headquarters General Services Administration Building
1800 F Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Employees >100 (2015)

18F is a digital services agency built on the lean startup model based within the United States federal government.


  • Overview 1
  • History 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


18F is a digital services agency based within the United States' lean startup methods, open source code, and contemporary programming languages.[1] Its name refers to its office location[2] in northwest Washington, D.C., on 18th and F Streets.[1] 18F is within the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OSCIT) and runs in parallel with the Digital Government Strategy's Digital Services Innovation (DSI) Center.[2]


The group was started following multiple problems in the rollout of the

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On March 19, 2015, 18F and collaborators launched[3][4][5][6] On September 12, 2015, the group launched[7]

Upon its opening, 18F began to host the Presidential Innovation Fellows program that started in May 2012 in the Digital Government Strategy.[2] An initial list of projects will be drafted in the months following the agency's creation.[2] A possible program called FBOpen, an open source small business and federal contractor interface for bidding on government contracts, was discussed at a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing.[2]

18F's creation was announced by GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini on March 19, 2014 with a mission to simplify the government's digital services,[2] but no project-specific directive.[1] The agency started with 15 employees, including 11 former Presidential Innovation Fellows from both the private and public sectors.[2] The staff previously worked in front and backend development, design and usability, and product management.[2] The Verge‍‍ '​‍s Adrienne Jeffries reported that the agency released a GSA website code update in a half hour, which would normally take weeks or longer. She added that the team did not appear equipped to handle a rollout similar to that of[1]


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