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


ACT-IAC received over 200 nominations for Igniting Innovation 2019 - a new record. This year’s conference will feature the forty best innovations to improve services to citizens and government operations selected from those nominations. The theme of this year's conference is "Moving Innovation from Concept to Reality". Experienced innovators will talk about how they made innovative ideas into real capabilities. Last year, over 500 people attended the event to learn about and share the best innovations with other professionals across government, at the federal, state and local level, industry, and academia.


Don't miss the Igniting Innovation 2019 Conference and Awards. Igniting Innovation is your best chance to see the newest innovations in the public sector and the only innovation event that includes:

•40 exhibits of competitively selected, cutting edge innovations from across the country

•Attendance by over 500 innovation leaders from government, industry, and academia

•Presentations by senior government officials, thought leaders, and experienced innovators

•Top finalists and overall award winner selected by attendees

•Onsite and post-event coverage by multiple media outlets


to come to the conference on May 23rd to see the best of those innovations to improve services to citizens and government operations.

Featured Innovator


Austin Price is a professional instigator, story teller and connector of dots. His role in innovation is using building the leading teams and coalitions to get results to make sure change actually happens.


He currently leads strategic communications and governance for the Office of Shared Solutions and Performance at GSA. His portfolio includes broad messaging, strategy and content creation for the President’s Management Agenda, Gears of Government Awards, the Chief Executive Councils and many other cross-government initiatives.


Prior to GSA, he worked at the Partnership for Public Service where he led coalitions of executives from government and industry dedicated to improving government performance. He was recognized as a Fed 100 winner for his leadership on government-wide shared services issues. He also led programs focused on leadership development, FITARA implementation, and Presidential Transition.


Austin has also worked with non-partisan, non-profit organizations in California where he led campaign, legislative, and media strategy for a number of state and federal policy issues. He completed his Master’s in International Development at the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his undergraduate degree at Transylvania University.


Last year, the “Gears of Government” awards program were announced as “…a way to support and promote the outstanding work of federal government employees in carrying out their critical missions”. “While most Americans will never meet the president or even their member of Congress, they will interact with the federal employees who work in their community, keep them safe at airports, or welcome them to a national park,” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney wrote. ACT-IAC would like to congratulate all of the 2019 Gears of Government Award winners. The Institute for Innovation’s government advisor Nagesh Rao, from the Small Business Administration, was recognized for "revolutionizing SBA's approach to supporting entrepreneurs in innovation, startup and technology fields." Nagesh's work helped SBA fund 187 startup accelerator programs serving over 5,000 new small businesses.


Featured Innovations in the News:



The P3 Impact Award was created by Concordia, the University of Virginia Darden School Institute for Business in Society, and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships to recognize and honor leading public-private partnerships (P3s) that improve communities and the world. Inaugurated in 2014, the P3 Impact Award is presented each fall at the Concordia Summit in New York, New York. The award seeks to highlight leading practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena. For this award, a P3 refers to any cross-sector collaboration that features public, private, nonprofit, or non-governmental organizations and addresses societal problems.




The OECD Observatory for Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) serves as a global forum for public sector innovation, helping governments to understand, test and embed new ways of doing things through the application of fresh insights, knowledge, tools and connections.



The National Academy of Public Administration is launching a new program—Grand Challenges in Public Administration—to identify and address the biggest challenges that government at all levels will face through the 2020s. We seek input from everyone—including practitioners, academics, students, interest groups, and the general public—on WHAT government must do over the next decade and HOW it should do it.


From Fedscoop


In government IT modernization circles, leaders talk continuously about adopting “best practices” from “industry,” including the innovative startups that we tend to associate with California’s Silicon Valley.


But what are the actual tools, or approaches, that government has welcomed? Representatives from three innovation-focused offices across government — the General Services Administration’s 18F, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the CTO — considered this question at an event Thursday morning.


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

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


Featuring results from the Institute for Innovations’ Accelerating IT Modernization through Acquisition Innovation initiative, in collaboration with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy


Date: March 12, 2019

Location: Grand Hyatt DC, 1000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20001


For more information click .


Public Finance. Infrastructure. Social Equity. Public Service. Among public administration’s most significant 21st century challenges. ASPA’s 2019 Annual Conference is a Call for Action on these issues. Eighteen high-level panels will look at these at the highest levels, bringing in some of the most knowledgeable experts to discuss how we can make progress and advance public service in the United States and abroad. Find more details and plan to be in Washington, DC, March 8-12.


Join the ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation for a webinar exploring improving speed and quality of agency decision-making through an agile, authoritative, and accessible modern data analytics platform. This webinar will feature 2018 Igniting Innovation overall winners HRSA's New Data Analytics Platform, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.


Featured speakers will include Subhash Kari, Chief Technology Officer, REI Systems and Ankit Mittal, Senior Manager, REI Systems.


Date: Thursday March 14th from 12pm-1pm ET


To register click .


The Second Annual Health Innovation Day will continue the theme from the 2018 forum to provide a venue where industry, government, academia, insurers, providers and others can discuss, share, and provide innovative updates and changes on innovative technology, tools, products and services in the health field.


Date: Wednesday April 10, 2019 from 7:30am - 5pm

Location: Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel

999 9TH St. NW

Washington , DC 20001


For more information or to register click .


See the top 40 finalists; learn best practices, at the federal, state and local level, industry, and academia, engage with catalysts in the government. Don't miss this chance to see the newest innovations in the public sector.


Date: Thursday May 23, 2019

Location: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

999 9th St NW, Washington , DC 20001


For more information 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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