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- Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing David Holmes about his work at the US Digital Services organization
- How did you get introduced to Python?
- Can you start by explaining what the USDS is and how you got involved with it?
- The terminology that is used around "Tours of Service" is interesting. Can you explain what that entails?
- what if you have a house and career?
- Can you explain the model of how the USDS works?
- What is involved in staffing a new project?
- What is your typical toolkit, and how does that vary with the specific departments that you are working with?
- What are some of the most interesting projects that you and the team at USDS have worked on?
- What are some of the most challenging projects that you have been involved with?
- What are some projects that you hope to be asked to work on?
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- davideholmes on GitHub