Founded by former U.S. Deputy CTOs and seasoned tech industry veterans who led federal open data policies and digital government strategy, U.S. Digital Response is a nonpartisan effort that connects experienced, pro bono technology teams to public servants responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
Our volunteers work with government teams to understand their challenges, and get them the right tools to deliver critical services to the people who need them — all within a few days to weeks.
Our diverse cohort of volunteers has deep expertise, spanning engineering, data science, content strategy, design, logistics and supply chain, and disaster response. We provide rapid staffing to governments of all sizes, from small cities to large states, in areas ranging from public health to economic recovery, and much in between.
If you are unsure of how to address a challenge, USDR can help to assess the problem first, before you invest in costly solutions.
USDR helps governments meet the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis by strengthening decision-making and supporting their ability to effectively deliver critical services to the public at scale.
All USDR team members are skilled workers and experts who volunteer their time to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While with USDR, we do not use our volunteer efforts to further personal and professional interests.
Public interest projects belong in the public domain, so we abide by a set of Data and Software Guidelines that promote openness and accessibility.
Governments and the people they employ operate under constraints that are not always visible to those outside of the public sector. Everyone involved in the response to this crisis is under enormous strain. In order to be effective, we must check our egos and our judgment, without losing our critical thinking.
We require all team members and volunteers to read and sign this Volunteer Oath before joining. We will ask volunteers to step away from projects if they are no longer a good fit for the work or have not acted in a way that is aligned with our mission and values.