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: Mark Scrimshire and Judy Douglas


Featured Innovator



Igniting Innovation Award winners are great examples of success stories worthy of sharing. NewWave received two awards this year for the development of the Blue Button 2.0 API, a technology that gives Medicare beneficiaries access to and control over their health data.


“This truly was a collective effort by the whole NewWave Team,” said Mark Scrimshire, NewWave’s Entrepreneur-In-Residence and CMS Blue Button Innovator. “We are honored to be recognized for what we feel is a game-changing technology.” This is the first year conferring an Innovation in Healthcare Award.


Pictured: James Cook, Institute for Innovation Chair


Share Your Innovation Successes


Jim Cook, Institute for Innovation Chair, announced the Institute’s 2019-20 work plan to accelerate and institutionalize innovation for key government initiatives and Cross-Agency Priorities. One new project will identify and share successes that accelerate progress and institutionalize innovation. The Institute will work with you to tell your story to others. Other priority initiatives include:


•Accelerating Acquisition Innovation Project in Support of PMA Goals

•Activities to support the Federal Data Strategy Action Plan & Evidence-based Policy Act

•Support of government implementation of ICAM Guidance

•Expansion of government innovation eco-system, including academia, accelerators and incubators

Innovation in the News



The Institute for Innovation sponsored a capstone project exploring US Army implementation of Category Management, under the auspices of this Syracuse University program.



Do you have or know someone with an innovative solution that has already scaled to serve 1,000,000 clients or is rapidly approaching this goal over the coming 18 months? The Million Lives Club is accepting applications from innovators and social entrepreneurs making a significant impact in addressing global development challenges. Winners will receive recognition for their contributions to global development, unlock new opportunities to engage with global investors and attract additional resources to take their innovation to the next level of impact.



Innovators Circle Members Diana Zavala & Judy Douglas share

insights from interviews with several government data executives, such as Department of Defense, Chief Data Officer, Michael Conlin; OMB’s Chief Statistician of the United States and the Chief of Statistical and Science Policy, Nancy Potok; and NOAA’s Chief Data Officer (now Commerce’s acting CDO), Ed Kearns, on how organizational culture impacts data innovation through practices, processes, goals and behaviors.




The U.S. General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget today announced three grand prize winners of the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center challenge. Each winner received an award of $300,000 each. Five honorable mentions were also selected from the pool of highly competitive applicants.


FROM MeriTalk


The teams included many American Council for Technology (ACT) leaders, including Maria Roat, SBA CIO and ACT President, and Dorothy Aronson, NSF CIO and ACT Vice President at Large.


Pictured from left to right: Gerry Connolly and Suzette Kent


FROM MeriTalk


The teams included many American Council for Technology (ACT) leaders, including Maria Roat, SBA CIO and ACT President, and Dorothy Aronson, NSF CIO and ACT Vice President at Large.


From The Strategy Bridge


Daniel Hulter is a U.S. Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer whose current role focuses on enhancing and facilitating innovation in his Wing and across the Air Force. He explores how the immutable laws of nature have implications for how organizations plan, organize, and deploy the systems and structures we expect to rely on in the future. Just as the designers of an aircraft account for the fact that gravity is going to have influence over their vehicle staying in the air, we need to consider the effect the passage of time will have on the policies and processes we employ.




The concept of innovation often brings to mind visionary leaders or companies whose creativity and experimentation may seem out of reach. But associations can fuel innovation in their field by bringing together creative thinkers among their staff and members.


Recently, I analyzed the most transformative innovations of the last three decades—the big projects that significantly changed society, such as the internet, email, MRI scans, and DNA sequencing. I found, contrary to common belief, that innovations like these were not developed by entrepreneurs but rather employees, and they weren’t started by individual companies, but rather an industry.


From Business Innovation Brief


Why is it important to prioritize innovation?


From Business Innovation Brief


Research gives a hint about what metrics are used frequently and how they are structured.


From GCN


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

•Acquisition Innovators Weekly

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


Join us in Philadelphia from October 20-23 for Imagine Nation ELC 2019. The conference theme is, ‘Driving Impact! Innovation through Government and Industry Collaboration’ and will include focus on IT Modernization, IT Security, Health Innovation and Emerging Technology.


For more information or to register click .



Click to replay all of the Institute for Innovations webinars. Our most recently covered topics include:


Modernizing Investigations, Improving speed and quality of Agency decision-making, Cloud Smart and Data Driven Government and Artificial Intelligence for Better Health Solutions.

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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