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

(Pictured from left to right: Anil Cheriyan, Siobhan Dullea and Francis Rose)


On May 23rd over 400 attendees gathered to learn from some of the best innovators in government. Forty of the best innovations were selected from over 200 nominations and discussed their work. Thirteen awards were presented. Speakers from government, industry and academia highlighted real-world examples of successful innovation practices attendees could take back and immediately apply.



Featured Innovator

(Pictured from left to right: Biff Heindl and Jason Schulm)


The overall award winner, selected by the conference attendees, was the "Lifesaving CT Opioid Detection" innovation from Leidos. Leidos' innovation will transform enable existing scanners, used in more than 200 U.S. airports and 600 locations worldwide, to interdict narcotics and other chemical substances of concern in cargo and parcels. This is an important innovation to help address the national opioid crisis.


In addition, several new categories were featured this year with the following awards conveyed:


Dynamite Award Winners



- Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

- NewWave


Game Changer:


- General Services Administration



- State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services

- Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center



- Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services VA Medical Center

- Leidos


Innovation In Healthcare Award Winners

- NewWave

- Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services VA Medical Center

- Advanced Platform Technology Center (VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System)

- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Academic Award Winners

- Texas State University

Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) - George Mason University

Technology Transfer Assistance Program (TTAP) - University of Pittsburgh


More information about Igniting Innovation including speaker bios and media can be found .

Innovation in the News


From: Michael Conlin, U.S. Department of Defense


One of the dynamics of data science is constant change. So you have to continually invest in your own professional development. As you prepare for the role of Chief Data Officer, test your readiness in the areas described below. I’m not suggesting you have to be an expert in these areas, just literate. If you’re literate, it will significantly demystify the world of data science. As the song says, “You can’t lead where you don’t go. You can’t teach what you don’t know.”


From: NextGov


Opening new accounts. Updating records. Paying your bills. As Americans do more and more online, our digital identities are becoming increasingly important.


Unfortunately, our current systems for verifying and protecting those identities are outdated. Adversaries have caught up with the first-generation systems that businesses and government have used for digital identity proofing and verification, leading to millions of fraud victims and billions of dollars in losses.


As U.S. startups reject their money, Chinese venture-capital firms in U.S. are dialing back investments, structuring deals to avoid regulators or shutting down

From: Wall Street Journal


Silicon Valley startup Pilot AI Labs Inc. signed a Chinese-backed venturecapital firm as its first big investor in 2015. By last summer, Pilot AI wanted it gone.


The U.S. startup hoped to sell more of its artificial-intelligence software to the U.S. government after working with the Pentagon, according to people familiar with its operations, and worried its effort could be hurt by the investor’s ties to China’s government. The chairman of the Chinese-backed investor, Digital Horizon Capital, was asked to sell back its stake, said one of the people. He angrily refused.


Chinese investors were once embraced in Silicon Valley both for their pocketbooks and their access to one of the world’s largest and trickiest markets. Today, they are suddenly less welcome.


United States Department of Defense, Defense Innovation Board, May, 2019


To enable software to provide a competitive advantage to the warfighter, DoD must adopt a strategy for rapidly transitioning DoD IT to current industry standards. This modernization agenda should include providing distributed databases and abundant computing power; making bandwidth available as a platform; integrating mobile technologies; and developing DoD platforms for downloading applications. This document outlines compute and infrastructure capabilities that should be available to DoD programmers (and contractors) who are developing software for national defense. The capabilities are enumerated.


From: fedscoop


The National Institute of Standards and Technology published the final version of its “green paper” on maximizing the return on investment of federal research and development funds Wednesday.


The document, titled “Unleashing American Innovation,” details “options for enhancing how federally funded inventions move from the laboratory to the marketplace.” These options include streamlining federal regulations, encouraging public-private partnerships, engaging with private-sector investors, building a more entrepreneurial workforce and more.


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:



The program will feature guest speaker Gary Washington, Chief Information Officer, Department of Agriculture. Mr. Washington will discuss the agency's Phase II of the Centers of Excellence , FY 19 priorities, and how industry can help.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019 9:00 - 11:00AM


20 F St. NW, Conference Center

20F Street, NW

Washington , DC 20001


For more information or to register click


Join us at the Imagine Nation ELC 2019 for a “can’t miss” conference that will produce actionable outcomes to address these issues of mutual interest in an educational, exciting, entertaining, unique and informative format.


This year’s overall conference theme is, ‘Driving Impact! Innovation through Government and Industry Collaboration’ and will include content themes focused on IT Modernization, IT Security, Health Innovation and Emerging Technology.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019 - 7:00AM TO



Pennsylvania Convention Center

1101 Arch St

Philadelphia, PA 19107


For more information or to register click


In this episode, Jim Thompson, Director for Innovation at the U.S. Department of State, interviewed legal experts Todd Rubin, Attorney at the Administrative Conference of the U.S. (ACUS), and David Kassebaum, Attorney at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), to introduce the new legal issues guide for public private partnerships (PPPs). The guide was recently formalized by a team of experts from ACUS and other agencies, including lawyers and partnerships specialists, in a formal interagency working group. This guidance was created to help demystify the process of building PPPs across the U.S. government and encourage “out of the box thinking” regarding partnerships and private sector engagement.


To view the episode click .


Institute for Innovation Innovators Circle member Chip Block offers three tips on using the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) and the Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) international standard quantitative model for information security and operational risk.


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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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