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September 28, 2015

UK and US look to strenghen digital collaboration

News: Plan is to strengthen ties between the countries' technical teams.

By CBR Staff Writer

Executives from the UK and US governments have met to discuss their goals for building more digital public services, announcing their intent to work together.

UK Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock met with the US chief technology officer Megan Smith and White House Office of Management and Budget director Shaun Donovan, to strengthen ties between the countries’ technical teams.

Both governments plan to adopt best practices from the private sector and build digital services that meet people’s requirements.

Hancock said: "By sharing knowledge and exchanging skillsets we build digital teams that are the best they can be. I’m incredibly proud of all the UK Government Digital Service has achieved over the last few years.

"I look forward to leading the next phase of GDS – transatlantic cooperation will be important in helping the digital operations in both the UK and US government’s scale up and succeed."

Donovan said: "By leveraging the very best of our 2 nations’ technical and digital talent, we’ll continue enhancing our governments’ ability to deliver critical services like healthcare, veterans benefits, and access to higher education, to American and British citizens alike."

Teams from both countries have earlier carried out seminal work, which resulted in the creation of modern digital computing.

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Work included the UK’s Bletchley Park code breakers and the ENIAC ballistics calculation advances in the US.

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