Eric Mill

Government leader and former software engineer in Washington, D.C., creating better digital services and smarter technology policy.

U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration— February 2019 - Present

I serve as the Senior Technology Advisor to ranking member Sen. Amy Klobuchar on the Democratic staff of the Senate Rules Committee, through the TechCongress fellowship program. The Senate Rules committee is the committee of jurisdiction over federal elections and campaigns, as well as oversight of the Senate and the legislative branch.

As a senior policy aide, I handle the committee's technology portfolio, with a particular focus on election security.

  • Developed and stewarded bipartisan legislation to improve the security of federal elections.
  • Led efforts to create vulnerability disclosure programs for election systems. Convened state officials, technology companies, security researchers, and federal agencies to discuss creating safe channels for members of the public to report security issues in election systems.
  • Conducted oversight of federal agencies and companies involved in election administration and security through a variety of public letters, meetings, and private interventions.
  • Pressed federal agencies and technology companies to better support state and local election officials in defending against misinformation campaigns and spearphishing.

U.S. General Services Administration— May 2014 - December 2018

Served Login.gov as its Authorizing Official and Deputy Director (Mar 2017 - Dec 2018), as Senior Advisor for 18F's parent organization, GSA's Technology Transformation Services (Aug 2016 - Aug 2018), and as a Software Engineer for 18F (May 2014 - Aug 2016).

In my time with GSA and 18F, I oversaw some of its key programs, led its government-wide technology and policy initiatives, and shaped its overall strategy and cybersecurity posture.

  • Co-authored a White House policy mandating strong encryption (HTTPS) across all federal web services. Oversaw agency implementation and established public monitoring of progress, and supported DHS implementation of their own web security directive in 2017.
  • Overseen and directed Login.gov, a single-sign-on for public government services with over 10 million users. As Authorizing Official, assessed security and privacy risk and approved system operation. As Deputy Director, responsible for the overall program and its product direction, business development, and strategy.
  • Designed and built a cloud-based scanning system capable of rapid and high-scale measurement of internet-facing services. Used by the Department of Homeland Security, GSA, and other agencies to improve digital services across the U.S. government.

Sunlight Foundation— February 2009 - May 2014

The Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to increasing government transparency through technology. I was a core software engineer on Sunlight's technology team, and a program officer on its international team.

  • Created the "Congress" app for Android, which provides live updates on the people and work of Congress. The app has been used by tens of thousands of professionals and citizens, as well as staff and members of Congress.
  • Created the Sunlight Congress API, a free service that provided live data feeds of Congress' work to thousands of users and applications.
  • Created Scout, a free search engine and alert notification system for government activity from all branches of government, that served thousands of users.

Prior Roles and Education

  • Self-employed — Nov 2008 - Feb 2009 — Freelance consultant performing software development.
  • Blue State Digital — Aug 2008 - Nov 2008 — Software Engineer supporting the Obama 2008 presidential campaign.
  • thoughtbot, inc. — Aug 2006 - Aug 2008 — Software Engineer at a Ruby-based technology consultancy.
  • Tenebril, inc. — Aug 2005 - Aug 2006 — Junior Researcher at a (now defunct) anti-spyware company.
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute — graduated May 2005 — Bachelor's in Computer Science.

Other Work

  • Accelerated the internet-wide removal of the insecure SHA-1 algorithm for certificate signing, through approachable writing and useful technical tools.
  • Created oversight.garden, a volunteer-driven website that collects and makes fully searchable the work of the US federal government's oversight community and inspectors general.