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UK and US Government Announce Digital Collaboration

UK and US Government Announce Digital Collaboration

The UK and the US have announced plans to collaborate on the development of digital government services.

During a visit to the White House, the Cabinet Office minister Matthew 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 GDS has achieved over the past few years.

"I look forward to leading the next phase of GDS. Transatlantic co-operation will be important in helping the digital operations in both the UK and US governments scale up and succeed."

US chief technology officer, Megan Smith, said: "We have such a long history of close technical collaboration and friendship between the US and the UK. It's only fitting that we would continue this collaborative spirit for making parallel progress in digital government. We look forward to sharing best practice as we work to improve the lives of people in each of our countries."

At the moment it is not clear what specific digital initiatives the two governments will work on and in the past few years other governments around the world have taken code created by GDS for the gov.uk website and released open source to develop their own web offerings.

Chief technology officer of the UK government, Liam Maxwell, said: "I'm proud that the UK has been at the forefront of these digital reforms - with our open Gov.uk code now used by other governments around the world - but it's clear that we need to work together with our partners to keep ahead of the curve."


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