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house Bill H.R. 5658

Making Presidential Innovation Fellows a Permanent Program

Argument in favor

The PIF program infuses government agencies with talented tech employees who would otherwise never consider working in the public sector.

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09/16/2016
This is a no-brainer. We need more talented technology workers in our government and the government is not competitive at all from the view of these workers. Compare the Google work environment to a typical government work office, and you will see why a young worker would choose Google, even if it meant a lower salary (which it doesn't). If we want to stop the 'Russian and Chinese Hackers', we need to improve our cyber-security and the only way to do this is to recruit the most talented coders. A better tech sector in the government means better interactions between the government, the tech sector, and citizens which is better for everyone.
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AntonVidale's Opinion
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09/02/2016
Make this permanent now, fix the structure issues later. We need better techs influencing our federal government. This is a start.
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Burnetta's Opinion
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07/24/2016
Absolutely. The information the U S Government: FBI, CIA, IRS AND homeland Security. I doubt very much you're going to find that kind of expertise in any government employee. You have to go to Silicon Valley to get the top notch talent to ward off any possible hacking. Just my opinion
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Argument opposed

The PIF program is a burdensome expense for cash-strapped government agencies that has produced few tangible benefits for the public.

Loraki's Opinion
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07/24/2016
This program is not needed; nor are its administrative costs! The projects that it has produced could just as easily have come from the private sector. Moreover, people who want to work in a government agency don't need this program to do so. TRIM THIS FAT FROM THE FEDERAL BUDGET!
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B.R.'s Opinion
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07/24/2016
I do not see the necessity for this bill. This program is already in effect. As with any program, I believe that an on-going review should transpire to determine the need, as well as the effectiveness. No "program" should be permanent. Once a program is made permanent, history tells us that the due diligence appears to fade and we continue to fund it even though unsuccessful or not necessary any longer.
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operaman's Opinion
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07/24/2016
Didn't even know. Let's trash this program ASAP. Well, unless it's my permanent well paid job. Don't worry, I have no experience and certainly wouldn't mess with computer. Maybe I'll just stay home while drawing paycheck.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 12th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 409 Yea / 8 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJuly 7th, 2016

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    This program is not needed; nor are its administrative costs! The projects that it has produced could just as easily have come from the private sector. Moreover, people who want to work in a government agency don't need this program to do so. TRIM THIS FAT FROM THE FEDERAL BUDGET!
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    Didn't even know. Let's trash this program ASAP. Well, unless it's my permanent well paid job. Don't worry, I have no experience and certainly wouldn't mess with computer. Maybe I'll just stay home while drawing paycheck.
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    I do not see the necessity for this bill. This program is already in effect. As with any program, I believe that an on-going review should transpire to determine the need, as well as the effectiveness. No "program" should be permanent. Once a program is made permanent, history tells us that the due diligence appears to fade and we continue to fund it even though unsuccessful or not necessary any longer.
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    I see another federal bureaucracy in the making. Possibly even a cabinet post. NOT a good idea! We have an overloaded government that needs a 90% reduction in bureaucracies and employees!
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    This is a no-brainer. We need more talented technology workers in our government and the government is not competitive at all from the view of these workers. Compare the Google work environment to a typical government work office, and you will see why a young worker would choose Google, even if it meant a lower salary (which it doesn't). If we want to stop the 'Russian and Chinese Hackers', we need to improve our cyber-security and the only way to do this is to recruit the most talented coders. A better tech sector in the government means better interactions between the government, the tech sector, and citizens which is better for everyone.
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    No more slush funds.
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    Corporatism much
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    We have too many programs and not enough results. The govt is incapable of doing anything efficiently. Why keep wasting money. PAY DOWN THE DEBT!
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    What part of stop your reckless spending do you elites have a problem comprehending. This is simply another waste of money so you all can pat each other on the back and pretend you actually do something. It would be histerical if the joke wasn't on us - the taxpayers .
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    No govt program should ever be permanent; besides current "permanent" can be overturned by the next congress.
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    We need to shrink the government, not grow it.
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    No we don't need any new agency's. Feds hire fresh new tech and if the others are not keeping up, remove them. That is what happens in the real world.
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    Waste of money...STOP SPENDING!
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    Stop wasting money.
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    We already have too much wasteful government spending.
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    Make this permanent now, fix the structure issues later. We need better techs influencing our federal government. This is a start.
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    I feel like this program is good in theory but in practice its output would not be worth the costs. Rather than spend a lot of money to save a little bit of money, let's leave this to private free enterprise, they know how to be cost-efficient while still being every bit as innovative.
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    How about NO! Let's let talent make its own decision.
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    Great idea but too costly ineffective. It needs much lower overhead to be worth the expense
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    Not another Dept. the difference agencies can hire them
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