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Institute for Innovation - Cultivating Government Innovation Capabilities & Positive Change

Ways for Innovators to Connect

Want to connect, learn, and share your innovation challenges and successes with other innovators? Join the Innovators Ecosystem Community LinkedIn Group  and tweet using #GovInnovators and #GovInnovations

Institute for Innovation InnOvation Newsletter

Want to get the latest news about innovation in the government/industry community? Click here to read past editions of our InnOvation newsletter. 

ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation Projects

For more information or to get involved in the Institute for Innovation, contact Mike Howell at [email protected].



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About the Institute for Innovation

The Institute was established to help the government apply the most innovative practices and technologies available, from both the public and private sectors, to solve the most challenging issues the government faces in improving services to citizens and government operations.

The Institute is supported by funding provided by IAC member companies. Sponsor representatives, ACT-IAC leaders, and government advisors form the Innovators Circle that oversees the activities of the Institute. ACT-IAC thanks all of them for making the work of the Institute possible. For more information about Institute membership, click here.


The need for the Institute was first identified in 2010 when the Department of Veterans Affairs asked ACT-IAC for advice on how to transition a major legacy health care system (VistA) into the 21st century. In response, a group of ACT-IAC members produced a strategy that is still in use today.  Later that same year, the Office of Management and Budget asked ACT-IAC for recommendations on how to improve the sustainability of Federal financial information systems. Both projects provided valuable input for government decision makers and, more importantly, demonstrated the need for a forum to address significant, game-changing issues that could transform the way government operates. ACT-IAC subsequently established the Institute for Innovation with the mission to:

Provide an objective and non-partisan forum for strategic thought leadership to advance government missions through the innovative application and management of information technology.

Institute projects are selected based on their impact on government and industry, scale and timeliness, and the ability of the Institute to provide a unique perspective and expertise. In 2014, the Institute launched “Igniting Innovation” – an annual showcase and awards program to identify, recognize, and promote innovative products and services from government and industry.