Work Here: Design & Build Software at CMS
By: Karl Davis
Howdy. My name's Karl Davis. For over two years now, I've been working with the part of the federal government that runs the Medicare, Medicaid, and Exchange programs (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or CMS). Specifically, I am an Entrepreneur-in-Residence helping CMS to build out APIs for all of the Medicare insurance claims data that it has for its beneficiaries. CMS wants to enable beneficiaries to access and make use of their data to improve their health as well as to create an ecosystem where tech innovators are helping Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers find better ways to use their data. A few months ago, the first API we built, Blue Button 2.0 launched at HIMSS, a big event in the health IT industry.
On the Blue Button 2.0 project, I've worked as one of the technical leads. In that role, I've helped architect the systems, oversee the contract staff responsible for building and maintaining them, and gotten up to my elbows in writing the code that powers all of it. Beyond just that project, I've also helped evaluate contract proposals and worked on other more "big picture" issues. It's by far the most high impact work I've had the privilege of contributing to in my career: everything I've done here has made a small but material impact to millions of Medicare beneficiaries.
We're continuing to work to grow and improve the Blue Button 2.0 API. CMS is now also working on additional APIs to share more data with more partners. CMS - and the federal government overall - are investing in data and APIs like this in order to deliver the best results possible for the American people. There's so much work to do, but not nearly enough talented folks around to do it.
Are you a coder that's ever been frustrated by government IT? Does the thought of chipping in and helping to improve that situation sound interesting? If so, apply here by Monday, July 9.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to apply your expertise on important projects with a national scope. It's quite likely that the code and systems you help to create will live on for decades, contributing to our country's wellbeing.
Is this a fit for you?
- You're local to the Baltimore/DC area or are willing to relocate.
- You have extensive experience with and are comfortable doing hands-on engineering with modern technologies.
- You have experience with and are comfortable working as part of and leading moderately sized engineering efforts across multiple simultaneous projects.
- The chance to work on projects with a positive impact for millions of people will get you out of bed every morning, raring to go.
The application window closes at midnight on Monday July 9th, so submit your application now.