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The new White House website has a hidden message calling for coders

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What you need to know

  • The new White House website includes a hidden message inviting people to apply to the U.S. Digital Service.
  • To see the message, you have to open developer tools for the updated website.
  • The White House website was updated following President Biden's inauguration.

Following the inauguration of President Biden, the White House website received a major update. The website includes information about the current administration and the history of the White House but hidden in its code is a secret invitation for people to apply for a job in technology.

If you use the developer tools on your browser to inspect the website, you'll see a hidden message that states, "If you're reading this, we need your help building back better." It then has the text for the United States Digital Service (USDS) job application page.

The USDS is a technology unit that works across the U.S. federal government to improve services. People can join the USDS in tours of civic service with a maximum term of four years. The majority of people involved serve for one or two years, according to the USDS.

The USDS deploys groups of designers, engineers, product managers, and bureaucracy specialists to help civil servants.

The message was spotted on Twitter by Isaac Hepworth, a Microsoft employee.

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The USDS page goes over the hiring process and requirements for people to be involved with the organization. The majority of people at the USDS are working remotely at the moment due to the current global pandemic but normally people need to be near Washington, D.C.

The new White House website also has a dark mode, which will likely be appreciated by lovers of high contrast.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • That's actually kind of cool. I can imagine being in high school, finding this in the html, and getting hyped about it.
  • This is clever. I wonder what other Easter eggs will be found in other places.
  • Nicely done, gotta applaud the creativity!