CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday July 12, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5658, the TALENT Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on July 7, 2016 by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
H.R. 5658 codifies the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Specifically, the Administrator of General Services Administration shall continue the Program to enable exceptional individuals to serve time-limited appointments in executive agencies to address some of the Nation’s most significant challenges and improve existing government efforts that would benefit for using innovative techniques and technology. A director shall prescribe the application process and appoint accepted fellows to positions in the federal government for no less than six months and no more than two years. The legislation established an Advisory Board to inform and advice the Director on priorities and standards that may be beneficial to fulfill the mission of the Program.
The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program was established by the White House in 2012 to attract top innovators into government, capable of tackling issues at the convergence of technology, policy, and process. The PIF program is administered as a partnership between the White House Office of Science and Technology, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the General Services Administration (GSA). In 2013, the PIF program established a permanent home and program office within GSA.
Currently, a Fellowship is a 12-month program during which Fellows are embedded within a federal agency to collaborate on challenges with innovators inside government. Fellows are based in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship, and are considered full-time employees of the Federal government.  In 2016, there are 13 Fellows participating in the Program.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is not currently available. However, no additional funds are authorized to carry out this legislation.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.