Across the federal government, a group of organizations has sprung up to help improve many aspects of the interaction between the citizens and the state, with initiatives touching everything from the immigration system, to the way businesses comply with labor laws, to the way veterans apply for benefits, just to name a few. 

Amongst this movement of designers, developers, product managers and policy specialists, few think of themselves as service designers, and fewer in federal agencies seek them out. But collectively we are attempting to transform our organizations and the way we deliver services to the American people. In this talk, we’ll take a look inside projects that attempt to use service design methods and explore new ways of working with agencies, as well as some of the lessons we’ve learned along the way.