Who We Are

Code for America believes government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century.

We build open source technology and organize a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.

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What we focus on

We focus our iterative, user-centered, and data-driven approach to government primarily in four areas that have real human impact.

  • Health & Human Services

    Improving the access and usability of services that have a deep impact on a community’s health.

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  • Economic Development

    Fostering inclusive economic growth by streamlining interactions between governments and businesses.

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  • Safety & Justice

    Creating justice systems that are safe, fair, and effective.

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  • Communication & Engagement

    Improving government communications with residents, while developing ways to encourage productive participation.

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How we do it

Code for America helps show what's possible and changed tools, platforms, skills, and practices of government in hundreds of cities. Here's a snapshot.

Showing what’s possible

Digital government can cost less and work for the public. Showing what's possible is the first step. Then we spread the word.

Fellows designed AddressIQ to help the City of Long Beach use data to reduce demands on emergency services.

38 city staff members trained
City staff in Long Beach are using AddressIQ to address a huge population of frequent emergency room users

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Changing people and practices

Code for America brings technologists into government and supports new practices among existing teams to change how government delivers services.

Numbers on the board
2014 fellow Maksim Pecherskiy became chief data officer for the City of San Diego, one of many technologists moving into government roles to apply their skills to important problems.

55% take civic jobs
More than half of 2014 fellows moved on to work in government or civic-focused startups after their fellowship ended.

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Transitioning tools and platforms

Consumer technology gets better and cheaper every day. Government technology can too if cities and counties adopt tools and platforms that are built to move with the times.

Redesigning the experience
A city’s website should work for its citizens. User-centered, data-driven, iterative practices help governments build digital front doors to their community.

8 sites overhauled
Website redesigns in 8 cities were inspired by Code for America's design principles

Learn about the Digital Front Door project

Deepening impact

Code for America focuses our work in areas that have positive impact in people's lives.

Saving the safety net
CleanAssist simplifies the food stamp application process, making it easier for eligible Californians to receive the assistance they need to feed their families.

2.5 hours saved each time
Users of the CleanAssist program save hours applying for much-needed food assistance through the much-simpler app

Read about our Health work

What you can do

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Have one night a week? Go to your local volunteer Brigade hack night.

Have a year for public service? Let us know you're interested in becoming a fellow