U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Reveals Open Data Efforts in New Report
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released a report revealing the agency’s commitment to open data and to providing the user community with better access to data in the near term. With their final plan due in the summer, the USPTO hopes to one day become an “API factory” for end users said Thomas Beach, a senior advisor for the agency. You can read more on this story here…
Change Agent at the Federal Communications Commission
It seems that innovators are popping up all over the government. David A. Bray, CIO of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has been a fixture in news cycles and on social media in the last few weeks to share his vision for IT innovation not only for his agency but for all agencies. While his practical focus is on overhauling legacy IT systems at the agency, what he’s really focused on is cultural change. You can follow him on his IT innovation odyssey on Twitter @fcc_cio.
Building Success from the Ground Up: Innovative Acquisition
There’s a lot of hustle and bustle in government IT acquisition circles right now. FedScoop is profiling a group of innovators who are “coming out of the woodwork” to reform acquisition processes. With catchy names like 18F, HHS Buyers Club, and Idea Lab, it’s clear this band of innovators is aiming to upend the traditional processes to introduce agility and secure executive buy-in early in the acquisition process to ensure success. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. Interested in learning about more innovations in acquisition? Check out this story on the value of running a proof of concept prior to full-scale investment.
Want Better Outcomes for Projects? Build Agility and Entrepreneurship into the Project Management Office
According to a recent survey by the CEB, while 70 percent of government projects are completed on time and on budget, only 38 percent met stakeholder expectations. Why the disconnect between goal completion and end-result satisfaction? The CEB found that better results could be achieved in starting out with clearer expectations and building a team of project managers who are equipped to respond to changing requirements, and empowered to trust their entrepreneurial instincts.
Government Mandates Embrace Innovation, Support Agencies and Change Agents
The recently enacted Federal Information Technology Acquisition Act, more commonly known as FITARA, is helping agencies move on from antiquated operations and giving CIOs an enforcement mechanism to drive change. Using traditional ‘waterfall’ planning processes, large-scale IT projects have little chance of successful completion, but under FITARA, incremental goals, shortened planning periods, and agility are all supported by the requirement that CIOs “certify that information technology investments are adequately implementing incremental development.” With examples from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Commerce, this article shows how FITARA will help agencies meet their IT project goals more successfully