With Joe Biden sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, a new official website of the White House has gone live, this time with an option for dark mode with a fully responsive and eye-catchy design. But that’s just on the surface. A level below, the site has a secret message, which not many have noticed yet.
The message is actually a recruitment post for coders from the US Digital Service and is hidden in the HTML code of the website. “If you’re reading this, we need your help building back better,” it reads with a link to agency’s own website.
The US Digital Service is a technology unit housed within the Executive Office of the President of the United States. It provides consultation services to federal agencies on information technology.
Former President Barack Obama launched the service in 2014 to recruit technologists to help revamp government services – for example by modernizing Medicare’s payment system or reforming hiring practices across government agencies.
The job opportunity comes as no shock as the agency is slated to get $200 million in funding for hiring additional support personnel as part of Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan.