Happy New Year from the United States Digital Service! We use design and technology to help Veterans, military service members, immigrants, refugees, disaster survivors, small business owners, farmers, and Medicare patients. This year, were excited to continue doing the greatest good, for the greatest number of people, in the greatest need. This year so far we have helped 50 million people take greater control over their Medicare data and use it to their own good. We’ve allowed people to renew their green cards more easily and efficiently so they don’t have to live with the uncertainty and fear of having an expired identity. We’ve helped transform the public face in the VA, the largest bureaucracy in history. By doing that we’ve helped millions of Veterans access their benefits online, in real time, in a way that they’ve never been able to do before. As proud as I am of all the work that we’ve accomplished in 2018 I’m looking forward to 2019, where we have dozens of projects spread across a number of government agencies. Each one is designed to improve the lives of its users, in tangible meaningful ways. So in 2018, I was most excited about joining the USDS team and focusing on bringing in top tech talent from across the country, and really focusing on expanding upon our diverse workforce here. In 2019 I’m really excited to continue that work and see who else we can meet across the country. The thing I’m most proud of in 2018 is that our team successfully launched the tool to reduce the amount of time it takes to process every asylum seekers claim and help reduce the time that people have to wait to be granted asylum. In 2019, I’m looking forward to rolling it out to all offices nationwide and to looking at new opportunities to find other ways to help people coming into this country for asylum. In 2018 I’m most proud of refreshing our space here at Jackson Place headquarters and bringing order to the chaos. In 2019, I’m looking forward to empowering the people of the United States Digital Service and serve all Americans. As an Acquisition Strategist at DHS, one of the things that I focused on in 2018 is improving the immigration experience via my USCIS, which is one of the major portals for accessing immigration services. In 2018, I was really proud about coming in to USDS and helping to make compensation setting easier for people to understand within USDS. For 2019, I look forward to continuing helping people understand what we do at the United States Digital Service and helping them to possibly come on board and help the federal government improve digital services and transform technologies for all citizens. Also in 2019, I’m really looking forward to getting married. In 2018, I’m most proud of having completed two years and eight months of service with USDS and getting to train up and meet some of the new members on the talent team. For 2019 I’m looking forward to a new adventure as a private citizen. In 2018, I launched a minimum viable product to help Veterans who have currently rated disabilities, to increase the amount of money they can get when their disabilities get worse, and I’m really proud of that. In 2019, I’m looking forward to taking that application to an even larger audience and expanding the reach to Veterans who’ve never filed a claim before. If public service is important to you and you want to learn how you can make a huge impact for millions of Americans that need it the most, go to USDS.gov/join