Matt Cutts, the well known face of Google's web spam team, has taken leave to join the Pentagon's Defence Digital Service.
In the photo above Matt Cutts is shown in body armour. Source: Twitter
After 16 years at Google, Matt Cutts took an extended leave of absence. Many people speculated as to whether he would leave Google entirely. However at the moment it appears Matt is still on leave from Google to fulfil his new governmental role.
The Defence Digital Service was formed last year and is responsible for the improvement of the Department of Defence's role in improving the provision of IT services and to kickstart the roll out of new technologies.
In a blog post published by Matt a couple of weeks ago he explains that he wanted to find out if he could use his expertise to help improve government processes.
“Over the last couple years, I’ve seen more and more people in technology trying to make government work better. They’re idealists who are also making a large impact. These are people that I respect — some of them worked to fix HealthCare.gov, for example … From talking to many of them, I can tell you that their energy is contagious and they’re trying to improve things in all kinds of ways.”
Matt Cutts will be moving to Washington D.C for the new job however what precisely he will work on within the agency is being kept under wraps.
Matt is not the first high profile Google employee to transition to government service. Megan Smith, who is current cheif technology officer for the Obama administration was once the vice president of Google X labs.