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Bill Hunt
Washington, DC, US

Mission Operations Lead at the Office of the Federal CIO, Office of Management and Budget (OMB / White House).
Previously: USDS at the VA, Sunlight Foundation, OpenGov Foundation, etc.

Enthusiastic about Transparency, Civic Tech, Open Data, and Tea. More about me.

The End of the Second Act of Civic Tech

Sep 27, 2016

The world of civic tech has changed radically in the last few years. Many of the old bastions of transparency and civic innovation have started to crumble, shrinking dramatically in both size and scope. It’s clear that the future of civic tech will appear radically different – moving out from under the umbrellas of sprawling nonprofit organizations and back into smaller, focused efforts. Below, I discuss what we’re currently seeing today, and what will need to be done in the future for us to continue our work effectively.
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What I Wish I Had Known About Decoding The Law

Aug 1, 2016

After a little over three years of working on The State Decoded (and a bit less than that on Madison), I’ve learned quite a few things about the law.  The process of translating legal code into machine-readable data is not an easy one, but after thousands of hours working on this problem we’ve made some solid progress in automating it.

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Bootstrap Sass with rem instead of px for Vertical Typographical Rhythm

May 26, 2015

A huge number of sites use Bootstrap as a css framework these days. Using Bootstrap is even easier with the bootstrap-sass package, which uses SASS to allow developers to customize nearly every aspect of the framework. Unfortunately, the current version doesn’t support units other than pixels (px), so using percent, ems, or rems isn’t easy. It also is rather hard to establish a vertical grid for typography rhythm aside from the default, since so many values are hardcoded.

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Managing Data with Unix Tools

May 10, 2015

Most Unix systems (including OS X) provide a large number of fantastic tools for manipulating data right out of the box.  If you have been writing small Python/Ruby/Node scripts to perform transformations or just to manage your data, you’ll probably find that there are already tools written to do what you want.

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Unix Tools

May 10, 2015

Most Unix systems (including OS X) provide a large number of fantastic tools for manipulating data right out of the box.  If you have been writing small Python/Ruby/Node scripts to perform transformations or just to manage your data, you’ll probably find that there are already tools written to do what you want.

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