HUD: “Under 5” and Counting


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According to a 2010 Press Release, “the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has embraced social media and streamlined its Web site contact tools to facilitate open communication and total transparency.” They have used social media as a means of communicating to the masses.

Although we generally focus on the social media usage of agencies, today we are focusing on networking.

Two employees of HUD,  Michael Lawyer and Anthony Soriano, are the Co-founders of HUD’s Under 5 group. Under 5 is a group of HUD employees who have less than 5 years experience in HUD. The purpose of Under 5 group is to allow a space for newer employees to network, share challenges they were facing within the department, and work together to create and implement solutions to those challenges.

Currently, Under 5 has over 220 members and their work is “transforming and improving HUD.” In their first year, members of Under 5 have written the new departmental rotations policy, begun to staff the department’s innovation platform, and assisted in deploying a new enterprise social network.

The duo is currently in a competition for NextGen Lightning Speakers where over 80 people submitted their stories to share at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit. The submissions are based on innovative projects being worked on in government or ideas that have and are revolutionizing government. If you feel like Under 5 is qualified for this honor, I welcome you to vote for them.


Not much information is available about the challenges that the group has overcome. Therefore, I welcome any comments about the Under 5 group.

Visit any of these HUD Handles to learn more about the Innovation of the HUD team.

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