When I first heard of Todd Park, it was while I was at the Sunlight Foundation. He was introduced to me by +Mitch Kapor
as an up-and-coming administration official. His email address was toddy email@example.com, and I thought "I'm not sure who this Toddy Park guy is, but I'm not sure an adult who calls himself Toddy can really be an administration official that's taken seriously"
I came to realize later, that Todd's middle initial is Y. Over the next few years, I worked closely with Todd Park, he helped inspire Sunlight's most successful apps contest: Design for America, and after years of hearing me moan about the procurement process, gave me a challenge: come in and try and fix it. Be one of the first presidential innovation fellows, and head up RFP-EZ, a program that ended up getting 250 new small businesses registered with the Federal Government and more than paid for itself with a 30% reduction in average bid price.
When I first met Todd, he weighed about 60 pounds more than he weighed now. And not because he's a dieter, but because he's basically sacrificed everything he can for this country. There's not an hour of the day that I've not received an email from Todd -- he works around the clock.
Todd just got subpoenaed by Congressman Darrell Issa today and accused of lying to the american public. I don't believe Todd has the mental capacity to lie -- not because he isn't smart, but because he doesn't have the cognitive energy to expend on it -- he has better things to do.
But the real shame of this, is that a member of Congress (and a chairman of a very important congressional committee) seemingly has a deep desire to get as close to the president as he can, so that he can mount a trophy on his wall, instead of being of service to his constituents and trying to make government more efficient, fix what's broken and solve problems. The spirit of this subpoena is one of politics and vengeance. This is what's wrong with Washington.
That's the opposite of the spirit of Todd. If the people in government technology were made up of characters in the marvel universe, Todd Park would most assuredly be Captain America -- someone who selflessly serves, has a strong moral compass, and has an uncanny ability to always be optimistic and see the best in everyone.
We simply cannot allow for the spirit of this subpoena to trump the spirit of Todd. It isn't acceptable. https://www.dropbox.com/s/fabx5f858nhcmuf/parksupoena.pdf