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How the Government is Innovating - And You Can Too

May 22, 2014 5:00PM to 7:00PM EDT

Registration link: By Email listed below

Tuition: $0

Course Type: Classroom/Auditorium, VTC

Course Location: DOE Headquarters, Forrestal Building, Washington, DC/ Main Auditorium, Video cast & Teleconference

Course Description: Gadi Ben-Yehuda, Director of Innovation and Social Media, Center for The Business of Government.

While government agencies often perceived as slow-moving bureaucracies, changing their operational models only at a glacial pace, many have become hotbeds of innovation.  Of course, since they are still federal agencies, the ways in which they are pursuing innovation are themselves a process that can be understood and replicated across agencies, even if their outcomes are specific to each department.  As example, State, HHS, and GSA have all created innovation hubs that follow, roughly, a five-step process: Create - Activate - Evaluate - Iterate - Incorporate.

The impetus for innovation is at least three-fold: the first, and often most compelling is budgetary.  Tight finances have always provoked government innovation, as the British say, "We have run out of money. Now we have to think."  The second, is that the last few years have seen a raft of tools come into existence and with them, new expectations for how governments will deliver services and conduct their own operations.  The challenge, as ever, is to "build the airplane while you're flying it," but it is no less a necessity because it is difficult.  Finally, there is a human capital management aspect.  The GAO reported in 2011 that nearly 30% of the federal workforce would be eligible for retirement by 2014.  That number is even higher in select agencies, Energy, HUD, SBA, and Transportation among them.  In order to attract top talent to fill vacancies, agencies will need to update their operations to meet the demands of--and fully enable--the 21st century workforce.

Gadi will explain how to set up innovation programs and provide examples of innovations from across the federal government.

Audience: DOE SES, SL/ST, Excepted Service, GS-14 & GS-15 Employees

Contact: Dave Rosenmarkle