Welcome to InnOvation, bringing you news about innovations to improve services and operations in the public sector, sponsored by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Institute for Innovation. Each newsletter will feature stories, upcoming events, and opportunities for you to engage with a growing community of innovators. Learn more about ACT-IAC and the Institute for Innovation .

Innovation Highlights

Coming Events

This year’s Top 40 Finalists were selected from 140 nominations. “We received a lot of nominations focusing on IT modernization, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and robotic process automation this year”, said Zain Ahmed, industry co-chair. Cybersecurity, mobility, and blockchain continued as themes from last year.




Coming soon! The Institute will soon be issuing its second case study led by the Networks and Telecommunications Community Of Interest, titled GSA’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS): Providing the Government’s Future Infrastructure Now. It will highlight GSA’s contracting approach that epitomized the spirit of government-industry collaboration. This included GSA collaborating with ACT-IAC on three successful EIS “Information Exchange” sessions. It also discusses the innovations to date through the over $7 billion in awarded task orders. And finally, consistent with all our case studies, lessons learned will available to share with other federal agencies as they pursue their IT modernization goals with EIS.



The general election is 6 months away and as the nation navigates a pandemic and an uncertain future, one thing is clear – recovery and renewal from these unprecedented times will require unparalleled innovation and change. The Institute for Innovation-led effort addresses long-standing barriers to: deliver customer services; transform the national infrastructure to mitigate risk and increase resilience; and create a more agile government.


The project draws on expertise and insight from across ACT-IAC, and engages with key decision-makers in government, industry, and policy advisory think tanks. A series of papers and engagement events with innovators and policymakers will begin in May.


The United States government invests billions of dollars each year in research and development (R&D), an investment that has returned trillions of dollars to the US economy and driven innovation in global positioning, vaccines, medical devices, the internet, cellular phones, digital cameras, and countless other areas. To achieve world-changing outcomes like these, federal labs and agencies partner with private industry, academia, and other non-federal entities to put research and its outcomes (i.e., knowledge, techniques, data, tools, and inventions) to work. But there is currently no common technology solution for managing the collection and sharing of data on federal R&D or the complexities of licensing government-funded intellectual property and technologies. The ACT-IAC Shared Services Working group published a paper on the potential for developing a shared service to address this opportunity. The paper draws many insights from interviews with eight tech transfer professionals from around the government and private industry.


Data Innovation and Innovators-An On-going Series
Hosted by Michael Conlin, CDO, Department of Defense



Michael Conlin has a strong opinion. In the last InnOvation, Ed Kearns, then an “insider” CDO for the Commerce Department, Introduced us to an article by Innovators Circle members Diana Zavala, Judy Douglas, et al, that examines, . Ed asserted that the CDO should be a peer of the CFO, CIO, and Business Unit Leaders to ensure that all decisions are fully informed from a variety of balanced perspectives .,, and that insider CDOs have a distinct advantage in this. Conlin shares a different perspective.



The ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation undertook a project, sponsored by OMB's Office of Federal Procurement Policy, to promote sharing of innovative acquisition practices. The project collected and organized real world examples of innovative acquisition practices in a logically organized, easy-to-use website named the Periodic Table of Acquisition Innovations. Thanks to Mathew Blum and Eliana Zavala (OMB OFPP), Tim Cooke (ASI Government), Trevor Wagner (DHS), Gissa Sateri (REI Systems), Adam Bouffard (MITRE), and Josh Cohen (VA), the was demonstrated in a webinar on March 31st. The plan is to continue enhancing the site's features and turn it over to the government for long term sustainment later this year. Readers are encouraged to check out the site, use it, and share their observations through the feedback link on the site.

Innovators Circle Member Highlight


As more and more organizations are seeking to avoid vendor lock in and take advantage of specific cloud provider services, hybrid environments are becoming more popular. Being able to seamlessly and securely communicate between disparate environments is critical to streamlined operation. This guide walks through the process of creating a site to site virtual private network (VPN) connection between Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) using dynamic routing.



From: OECD


Welcome to our second update about innovative responses (whether public sector innovation, digital government or open government) to the coronavirus crisis, building on what has been submitted so far.


From GSA C-Suite Quarterly


The recently published a white paper titled . This paper highlights the new and emerging technologies that will disrupt the networking space and provides insight into how the next generation of networking technologies will impact federal agencies and citizen services. The white paper takes a deep dive into game-changing technologies such as 5G wireless networks and Software Defined Wire Area Networking (SD-WAN).

To learn more about CIO Council Innovation Committee activities and initiatives, visit the Innovation Committee’s page (fed access only).

From: MassRobotics


COVID-19 targets the lungs causing respiratory illness with, in severe cases, complications like pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Startups at MassRobotics have formed a non-profit effort – – to prototype a low cost mechanical ventilator. They reached across the robotics and healthcare community to build a team to rapidly scale into production once FDA approved, but they need additional expertise and guidance to assist with regulatory acceptance of the prototype.


From GSA C-Suite Quarterly

The third and final took place on January 16, with a focus on User/Customer Experience and Human Centered Design. These informal, off-the-record Innovation Roundtables were designed to connect subject matter experts to focus on the practical applications of innovative technologies in the Federal Government. The goal of the roundtables is to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing agency CIOs.

From: MIT Solve

There’s a false notion that women-led startups are somehow less “backable” than those led by men, or that there are not enough women-led entrepreneurs to fund. There is a huge gender gap across economic and political participation, notably the investment gap. According to 2018 research from Boston Consulting Group and MassChallenge, when U.S. women business owners pitch their startups to early-stage investors, they receive, on average, $1 million less in funding than men. We believe if you can’t find women tech innovators, .

Government agencies are seeing their systems and staff stretched to the max as they do their best to serve the public. 18F is a team of government employees with expertise in modern digital tools and practices, and we’re here to help


Featured Innovation Programs and Web Sites


•Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

•USAID Global Development Lab

•Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships

•The Lab at OPM

•GSA Innovation.gov Toolkit

•Bridging Innovation:

•Health Innovations:


Additional innovation programs and web sites you may be interested in:

MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020 - 9:00AM TO 5:00PM


Innovation Through Networks: The Power of Partnerships

ACT-IAC's seventh annual premier event to identify, recognize, promote, and connect the best innovations and innovators to improve services to citizens and government operations.



Join the ACT-IAC IT Management and Modernization COI virtual meet up to hear from Captain Ben McNeal from the Naval Enterprises Network.


TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020 - 11AM-12PM EDT


Join the ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Community of Interest (COI) to hear from Emery Csulak, Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Energy. Note that this meeting could be moved to VIRTUAL only.


FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020 - 11AM-12PM EDT


Planning for Imagine Nation ELC 2020, to be held in Philadelphia on October 25-28, 2020, is underway. With a focus on Mission Resiliency: Technology, Culture, & Agility ELC will bring together government and industry leaders to leverage technology and innovation to improve government.


For more information or to register click .



ACT-IAC has a number of webinars to help you engage with your peers during the COVID-19 outbreak. To see a list of upcoming virtual events click .

Connect and Collaborate with Other Innovators

Now, you can connect, learn, and share your innovation challenges and successes with other innovators using tools developed by ACT-IAC’s Institute for Innovation. The “Government Innovators” group on LinkedIn () is a community-wide gathering spot to share information, help each other, and grow the government innovation community (including private companies and individuals). The LinkedIn Showcase () is your go-to resource for Institute-specific information, like upcoming events and original content. And, we encourage you to use the #GovInnovators and #GovInnovation hashtags in your tweets.

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