Open Government and Innovation


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This presentation was made by Giovanni Carnaroli of the US DOT and Jenn Gustetic of Phase One Consulting Group at the OpenGov Community Summit on Oct 13, 2010.

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  • Government can create new spaces where ideas can collide, ecosystems can form, and innovation can be nurtured. It can do this in benevolent fashion, such as with prizes and competitions. It can do this with open data either actively (Community Health Data Initiative) or passively (simply releasing data on It can use these tools internally (IdeaHub, etc.) as well as externally (Unemployment Insurance reforms) to improve data quality, drive better data-driven decision making in formulating policy, achieve program performance targets, and ultimately deliver improved outcomes.
  • Its important for Open Government advocates at Agencies to be in partnership with individuals that are furthering the other Innovation Agenda items. Innovation leaders must work together to move the entire Agency towards a culture of innovation. Many Agencies have taken significant steps towards creating an innovative culture with efforts that might be unknown in the Open Gov context.
  • Rulemaking: The DOT’s flagship initiative, the Regulation Room, has completed one public comment period on a proposed rule (texting ban) and is currently receiving comments on a second (consumer aviation protection). This initiative explores how we can encourage more effective participation in the rulemaking process. Data Release and Visualization: We have established guidelines for prioritizing and inventorying DOT’s datasets. We are on track to release a list of high-value datasets to the public by September 30, 2010, as outlined in our version 1.2 of the plan. We are also well underway with our VisualDOT initiative—having demonstrated the tool in July 2010 at an industry conference. Public Comment: For the first time, the DOT provided an on-line capability for the public to comment on and discuss the DOT Strategic Plan. In the past, comments were submitted via email. The comment period ended June 15, 2010. Ideation: DOT launched the IdeaHub program on August 3, 2010. IdeaHub is an online community that enables DOT employees to build and develop ideas in a collaborative environment. Employees are empowered to rate, improve, and discuss innovative ideas for programs, processes, and technologies. Updating Policy: DOT has issued its web policy, is in the process of issuing its first social media policy, and is begining work on a data release (a.k.a. structure information transparency) policy soon. Prizes and Competitions : DOT, Seventeen, and AAA are challenging teens to create a catchy anti-distracted driving video to promote safe driving and Seventeen's National Two-Second Turnoff Day, scheduled for September 17. The video with the most votes will be featured at the Distracted Driving Summit on September 21, as well as,, and The winner will also receive a $2,000 cash prize sponsored by AAA and Discover.
  • Data Release and Visualization: We have established guidelines for prioritizing and inventorying DOT’s datasets. We are on track to release a list of high-value datasets to the public by September 30, 2010, as outlined in our version 1.2 of the plan. We are also well underway with our VisualDOT initiative—having demonstrated the tool in July 2010 at an industry conference.
  • We’re not just releasing data for the sake of releasing of data But the innovation payoff will take time
  • IdeaHub provides many capabilities for users: Submit ideas, comment on ideas, and rate ideas Search for ideas by keyword and category Subscribe to email alerts View employee profiles Develop challenges and allow ideas to be submitted for that particular challenge Email an idea to a friend Reputation building
  • FAA Design Competition for Universities:  In partnership with several aviation associations and councils, the FAA sponsors a national Design Competition that engages university students in addressing issues related to airports.  This competition was done as a necessary expense in furtherance of the FAA’s aviation education mission.  The competition challenges individuals and teams of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty advisors to consider innovative approaches to improving the management, safety, capacity, and efficiency of the nation’s airports.  2010 is the fourth year of the competition.  Cash incentives are awarded to the first, second, and third place teams in all major competition categories.  Two representatives from the first-place team are also invited to accept their award and present their design at the FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  To learn more visit . RITA Clarus Research Challenge:   In March 2010, RITA kicked off a research competition to solicit innovative ideas for using the Clarus weather information system to improve roadway safety during severe weather.  Launched in 2004 by the FHWA’s Road Weather Management Program and the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office, Clarus provides a comprehensive picture of the weather along the nation’s roads that is available to any user, at anytime, anywhere in the U.S.  The Department will sponsor up to seven innovative ideas, and intends to provide up to $80,000 per award in an open competition.  This contest is designed to help improve road safety through new utilization of Clarus’ unparalleled, live weather data in furtherance of the DOT’s mission to serve the U.S. by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system.
  • Don’t limit yourself to thinking about data inventories, open data, and social media strategies. If your leadership doesn’t see the value in specific initiatives you’ve been trying to drive at your Agency, try to broaden the conversation to one of innovation. Identify other innovation leaders in you agency and work with them towards common goals. Identify initiatives that might be ready to transition from experiments to programs that are woven into the fabric of how you do business.
  • Open Government and Innovation

    1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Driving Innovation through Collaboration | 10.13.2010 </li></ul></ul>Open Government and Innovation Giovanni Carnaroli (DOT) and Jenn Gustetic (@jenngustetic)
    2. 2. Open Gov Directive (Dec 2009) OMB Memo on Challenges and Prizes (Mar 2010) Agency Open Gov Plans (Apr 2010) President’s Innovation Agenda (Sep 2009) OMB Guidance on Collecting Feedback from the Public (June 2010) President’s Open Government Memorandum (Jan 2009) CONOPS (Feb 2010) (May 2009) DOT’s IdeaHub (Aug 2010) Apps for Army (Jun 2010) Education’s Innovation Portal (Apr 2010) Automotive X-Prize (Sep 2010) It’s remarkable how much activity and intellectual capital have focused on Open Gov and innovation related work recently Agency Implementation Plans (Oct 2010) Agencies are experimenting with apps contests, data release and visualization, social media, ideation and other Open Gov related efforts. HHS and VA’s Blue Button for Veterans and Medicare beneficiaries (Oct 2010) GSA’s (Sep 2010) But it’s important we don’t stop here... Strategy and Planning Experimentation
    3. 3. From an initiative-to-initiative mentality to an innovation vision…. Establishing a culture of innovation that has permanence, is institutionalized, and directly improves mission delivery is paramount. Open Government initiatives are only part of what is required to achieve an innovative agency culture.
    4. 4. Some examples of transforming Agency and stakeholder culture leveraging innovation tactics… Organization Tactic Success Story NASA ‘s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office <ul><li>Prizes, Challenges, and Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annually, the IPP puts $250,000 on the table for their IPP Seed Fund. This competition calls for innovative ideas from each of their 10 centers with proposed partnering. Of the 100 or so funding applications, 10 or 20 or selected for testing. Essentially, the IPP money is tripled as NASA Center and a third party must match. </li></ul></ul>Department of Education’s Office of Innovation <ul><li>Prizes, Challenges, and Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Idea Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Funding Strategies </li></ul>The Department of Education has developed an innovation portal for people to come together to identify the best ideas to improve schools. Education stakeholders of all types can spotlight areas of need, propose and suggest improvements to solutions, and fund, implement, and improve these solutions in and outside of the classroom. Department of Homeland Security, TSA’s Business Transformation and Culture (BTC) <ul><li>Idea Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Human Capital </li></ul>BTC was the driving force of transforming the culture of DHS. With a focus on collaboration, enhancing the quality of leadership, and empowering employees and their engagement levels, BTC pushed forward on training programs and launching of senior knowledge management efforts to meet these goals. This office launched IdeaFactory at TSA.
    5. 5. DOT is moving full steam ahead to create a culture of innovation… <ul><li>To date our efforts have been focused on Open Government to demonstrate the value of innovation efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>However DOT is actively indentifying new ways to broaden it’s thinking and strategies to create a culture of innovation. </li></ul>
    6. 6. DOT’s Transparency Efforts drive towards an innovation vision… DOT’s mission can be furthered through the strategic release and visualization of high-value data. Several Open Government related initiatives are creating the infrastructure for an innovative transportation ecosystem that leverages data-driven decision making and includes our stakeholders, experts and the public. Policy Working Group
    7. 7. Check out DOT’s beta version data inventory on our website… <ul><li>The DOT released version 1.0 of our high-value data inventory as of September 30, 2010 on . </li></ul><ul><li>The list identifies a large set of raw data and other information we hope will be of interest to the public.  </li></ul><ul><li>The DOT high-value data inventory has been scored in accordance with our Interim Identification & Prioritization Process and Guidelines (v1.0) . </li></ul><ul><li>Data inventories are a critical first step in creating an innovation ecosystem around data. </li></ul>
    8. 8. DOT’s IdeaHub Program furthers the principles of innovation and openness within the walls of DOT <ul><li>IdeaHub is an online community for DOT employees that facilitates collaboration throughout the DOT, including both the Office of the Secretary and the Operating Administrations (OAs). </li></ul><ul><li>The program and website ( ) launched August 3. </li></ul><ul><li>IdeaHub is more than a Website; ideation requires resources to evaluate and implement great ideas. </li></ul>Indicator Quantity (and counting…) Ideas Submitted 1,295 Comments on Ideas 3,340 Ratings on Ideas 15,130 Employees Logged On 5,208 (2,327 come back multiple times)
    9. 9. DOT has been leveraging prizes and competitions for several years in “innovation pockets”…
    10. 10. <ul><li>Read the President’s Strategy for American Innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify other innovation leaders in you agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring those innovation leaders to these cross-agency events. </li></ul><ul><li>Broaden the conversation to one of innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage Open Gov pilots as success stories for innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t limit yourself!! </li></ul>So how does this all apply to the Open Government Community at large? I