Truss Reading List: Government in Tech, and Tech in Government

Truss is well acquainted with the stresses that rise between fast-moving traditional tech and the unique (and often slower) needs of government IT. As such, it's been a good few weeks for strongly worded opinions about government tech, how companies respond to it, and what we might expect from the future. On June 10, a hearing about 18F and U.S. Digital Service Oversight illuminated the division between traditional government tech providers and 18F's adoption of agile and user-centered design - and what it means to more traditionally minded government contractors. 

Doing IT Right: Congressional Oversight of President Obama’s Signature Tech Teams sums up the arguments from all involved, including the accusation that 18F's status as both policymaker and service provider represents a conflict of interest. Seamus Kraft, founder of the OpenGov Foundation, has his own somewhat more opinionated summary of the hearing at IT Showdown: Tech Giants Face Off Against 18F.

Truss, as you might guess, has its own take on all this, which we'll be bringing to you soon.

It's not just government contractors that need to keep government regulation in mind. In Startups Can’t Afford To Ignore Government, TechCrunch looks at established companies like Uber and Airbnb and could've-beens such as Night School, seeing how a company's willingness to play nicely - or lawyer up - can make or break even services aimed at the private sector. 

This past week also brought our own Emily Chen's interview on Miss Tech. It's a must-listen for anyone considering getting into engineering or who just wants to learn more about better culture in tech companies, including at Truss. Emily often serves as the resident Javascript evangelist at our company, so we'll end this week's roundup with Beyond Console Debugging Tricks, which offers ways to move beyond the basic console.log() when debugging your Javascript.