A fireside chat with Matt Cutts, USDS Administrator, and Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO: Civic Service Leave

Watch part one of a series that shares the conversation between Matt Cutts and Satya Nadella during a USDS staff meeting.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, at USDS Staff Meeting

U.S. Digital Service members join for what we call a tour of duty.

The tour of duty model allows us to bring in folks for term-limited positions to work on building a more awesome government through technology and design. We look for the most tenacious designers, software engineers, product managers, and more, who are committed to untangling, rewiring and redesigning critical government services. You’ll join a team of the most talented technologists from across the private sector and government.

USDS Administrator, Matt Cutts, spoke with Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, about our tour of duty model and Microsoft being a leader in civic service leave programs. Kurt DelBene, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Core Services Engineering and Operations at Microsoft, briefly left in 2014 for a short-term assignment to help President Obama make improvements to Healthcare.gov, the enrollment website for the Affordable Care Act.

I felt compelled to use my skills to serve our country, and I encourage others to do the same through our civic leave program. This program is available to current employees and enables them to use their skills to serve their country, while offering a way to bring fresh perspective back to Microsoft. — Kurt DelBene

Listen to part one of Matt and Satya’s conversation at a USDS staff meeting below.

Matt Cutts and Satya Nadella discuss civic service leave at a USDS staff meeting.

Watch part two and part three.


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Kelsey Hastings leads digital marketing and content at U.S. Digital Service. She helps share the inspiring stories of colleagues, alumni, influencers, and the impact of their work. Most days she can be found brainstorming ways to inspire technologists to join USDS and improve government services for all.

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