A 21st Century administration requires strong, modern technical leaders

A Hiring Guide: Tech Talent for 21st Century Government

There has never been a more important time to bring digital, technology and innovation expertise into federal agencies. “Tech Talent for 21st Century Government” explores three areas where government leadership requires modern technical expertise: policy, digital delivery, and innovation.

This Guide Highlights:

Leadership Positions

Eight critical agency leadership positions requiring an understanding of modern technology


Cross Agency Positions

Fourteen key cross agency leadership positions requiring an understanding of modern technology



Ten competencies of a 21st century agency

Agency Competencies

Hire for the 21st Century

  • Modern stack software development
  • DevOps and site reliability engineering
  • Security
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Data use
People & Organization
  • Product management
  • Human centered design
  • Institutional change
  • Data governance
  • Technology procurement
  • Tech-informed decision making

Agency Competencies

Hire for the 21st Century

Building Leadership Teams

We support thought leaders, government executives and public servants in improving the lives of people in America by using science, innovation and technology, building evidence-based policies and programs, and understanding how to vet and hire technically qualified candidates


Security, modern stack, SRE/devops, data use, emerging technologies

People and Organization

Institutional change, product management, Human-Centered Design


Acquisition, tech-informed decision making, data governance

Tech Talent:

Hiring Technologists to Power Better Government

The U.S. government already runs on technology.

From delivering health care to veterans to processing millions of tax returns, federal agencies depend on technology to operate efficiently and deliver effective services to the American people. Read the report, “Mobilizing Tech Talent,” where the Partnership for Public Service and two former leaders of the United States Digital Service (USDS) share lessons learned from recruiting and hiring technical experts at USDS.

Partnership for Public Service

Tech Transition Memos

Any presidential agenda in the 21st century must prioritize modern technology expertise to accomplish its goals.

Seizing the opportunities of technology — and ensuring its proper governance — requires leaders who deeply understand

how technology can affect the American people, our national security, the economy and our competitiveness in the global landscape.

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