Ad Hoc, born out of the rescue of HealthCare.gov, is a digital services company that helps the federal government better serve people. We bring technologists together to collaborate closely with government partners to solve the right problems and deliver software that works. We give agencies confidence that they have the right digital skills on board to meet the demands of their mission and the needs of their users.
Ad Hoc is an experiment in combining outside experts and cutting edge technology with the amazing civil servants in government to create services that are not just functional but exceptional.—Ad Hoc Co-Founder Greg Gershman
In October 2013, before Ad Hoc the company existed, future co-founders Greg Gershman and Paul Smith were part of a half-dozen technologists from outside government assembled by the White House to join the contractors and government staff working on HealthCare.gov. We were a small group among many players, and we needed to be mindful of how we presented ourselves.
Early on, we found ourselves in a meeting with the top executives of the various stakeholders. As we went around doing introductions, the room’s attention came to our team. Any of us could have said, “I’m so-and-so, from the White House,” but we needed to develop trust, not have someone put a rosy spin on problems because they thought the president had sent us.
When the time came, the first of us said, “I’m from the ad hoc team”, and it was immediately right. We had been assembled, dictionary-definition-wise, for a particular purpose, for this rescue effort. It went by without any comment in the moment, and we all adopted it from there on out. Most people interpreted it as the uppercase “the Ad Hoc team,” and we chose to continue that spirit of collaboration when we founded Ad Hoc the company.
During the rescue of HealthCare.gov, we saw up close the consequences of a lack of expertise in specific domains — design, engineering, operations — and we wanted to bring those skills to government. We chose to name the company “Ad Hoc” because we wanted to continue the work of that initial small group.—Ad Hoc Co-Founder Paul Smith
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