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John J. Franke Award – Nominations now being accepted

Each year ACT-IAC recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions as a government employee over a significant period of time with the John J. Franke Award.  Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s award.   Information on the criteria that will be used to select the winner and the nominating process are available on the ACT-IAC web site.  Nominations are due by Friday, April 21.  

ACT-IAC addresses reform of DoD acquisition process

On March 9 ACT-IAC met with the DoD Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations (also known as the 809 Commission) and provided a series of recommendations on how to improve the defense acquisition system.  In response to a request from the Commission, ACT-IAC will be providing suggestions on how to simplify the DoD acquisition process.   ACT-IAC members interested in participating in this initiative should contact Ken Allen at

Finalists Announced for Igniting Innovation

Finalists will exhibit their innovations at the Igniting Innovation Showcase and Awards event on March 14, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.  Innovations developed by government, industry, and partnerships, at the federal, state, and local levels, will feature examples of improving processes through automation, providing new digital services, and implementing cutting edge technologies.

Congrats to the Fed 100 Winners!

Congrats to all Fed 100 winners! We celebrate the accomplishments of government and industry leaders who have played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community. We're especially proud of Fed 100 winners who've supported ACT-IAC including our training events, professional development programs, Communities of Interest (COIs), and Institute for Innovation. Their leadership and commitment to advancing government is evidenced by their continued support of ACT-IAC programs every day.

GSA issues a new RFI on Shared Services

On January 4, 2017, the Unified Shared Services Management office (GSA) issued a request for information (RFI) to "understand industry capabilities to provide software as a service" for administrative functions common across government like financial management, human resources, acquisitions and IT.  “This is an important step toward understanding how we can change the way government does business internally," said Beth Angerman, executive director of USSM. "Improving administrative services ultimately helps the government be better equipped to deliver its core mission and save the taxpayers money.” Contractors with software-as-a-service cloud offerings that could meet agencies' needs for back-office shared services are encouraged to respond.

White House Office of Science and Technology Issues Exit Memo

In this memorandum, OSTP: (1) highlight the profound impact President Obama’s leadership has had in "reaffirming and strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation,"2 as he set out to do at the start of his Administration; (2) offer an overview of frontiers that the American S&T enterprise will advance in the coming decades; and (3) call for actions needed in the years ahead to include all Americans in driving continued innovation and progress across those frontiers.