The General Services Administration (GSA) has named its 2022 cohort of Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF), who will serve one-year stints at 14 Federal agencies to support the Biden-Harris administration’s focus on empowering the Federal workforce and delivering an effective and efficient government.

This cohort marks the tenth year of the PIF program, which is housed within GSA’s Technology Transformation Services organization. The program identifies innovation opportunities in government and then matches those with innovation fellows who function as entrepreneurs in residence at government agencies.

“We’re thrilled to have these experienced professionals coming to us from private industry who want to do a year-long tour in public service, helping the government uncover new and better ways to deliver for taxpayers,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “I’m confident that this diverse group will help agencies – now including CDC and FEMA – provide even more value to the people they serve.”

This year the fellows will work on projects such as modernizing core public health data systems, supporting the development and implementation of the Federal Data Strategy, and advising on critical technology efforts at the White House-level.

The 2022 cohort totals 25 fellows, who bring expertise in areas such as engineering, product management, AI, data science, customer experience, digital strategy, and more.

“A thriving democracy is dependent on active and engaged citizens, a functional and accountable government, and an open and free press,” said new Fellow Ha-Hoa Hamano who is partnering with NASA. “So much of my career has been spent tugging and pressuring for change from the outside. In order to put into practice what I preach about radical empathy, I saw the PIF program as a way to embed myself in an institution that has to operate at scale to serve the public.”

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk's Assistant Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.