News and Stories

Insights and learnings from across the Code for America network
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Making Our Systems See People

Watch Code for America CEO Amanda Renteria’s TED Talk introducing our Safety Net Innovation Lab

May 2, 2022
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How Policy Becomes Code

A peek behind the scenes of how we translate legislation into an easy and accessible experience for clients who use our products

  • Ryan Hatch
  • Vraj Mohan
  • Francesca Costa
March 21, 2023
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Evaluating a Shifting Safety Net Landscape

We’re showing how the online enrollment experience for safety net benefits has changed across the country in recent years

  • Sara Soka
  • Dustin Palmer
April 6, 2023
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Making Automatic Record Clearance a People-Centered, End-to-End Service

The state of automatic record clearance in the US shows hope for a future where more people get the help they need to achieve a fresh start

  • Alia Toran-Burrell
  • David Crawford
March 9, 2023

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“The organization Code for America has long been focused on how to make it easier for people to get the benefits they’re eligible for … The point is not to do it for government, but to push government to do things better.”
The New York Times, February 18, 2022
“For the past decade ... Code for America has … studied applicants’ experiences and advised states on how to simplify their systems. It has built tools to clear a person’s criminal record, connect them with a volunteer tax preparer, and sign them up for valuable tax credits. Now, with $100 million in new donations, Code for America is planning to double in size and scope, and “unlock” $30 billion in benefits for millions of families in 15 states.”
The Atlantic, April 25, 2022
“As marijuana is legalized, states are offering programs to expunge the records of people who were convicted of possession before legalization. But it often requires complicated paperwork. Code For America has automated that process in California…”
Fast Company, March 10, 2020
“[Code for America] started building a secure way for people to upload their tax documents with an online service called GetYourRefund, and still get help from a volunteer tax preparer. It’s aimed at helping low-income people, millions of whom don’t file each year, claim tax credits they’re due. It fully launched just days before the IRS volunteer sites shut down, quickly becoming the only way the volunteer tax preparers could keep working.”
CNN, April 11, 2020
“Code for America … launched a free, mobile-friendly platform in both English and Spanish … released in collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the White House … Code for America’s sign-up tool uses a simplified return that only includes information needed to sign up for the credit, so it should be easier for families to submit their information.”
CNBC, September 1, 2021
“Code for America, a nonprofit group, spent years devising a portal that makes it easier for Californians to apply for food stamps … With its California portal, Code for America cut the time it took to apply for food stamps by three-quarters or more.”
The New York Times, December 8, 2021

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