The USDS has already pulled some early victories. A six-person USDS unit has also helped create an online platform to replace the United States’ once-onerous paper-based immigration application process. Before they stepped in, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service had already spent $1.2 billion over 6 years to develop an online portal that never launched.

Last year, the USDS released a web design style guide to help government agencies fix hard-to-navigate websites.

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