Federal employees are looking to embrace innovation to improve their work. In addition, the Veterans Affairs Department is incentivizing its employees to come up with new ideas, and the Defense Department CIO Teri Takai stepped down last week. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
Which Agencies Reward Innovation?
Federal employees say they are looking for ways to improve the way they work, but many feel the agencies they work for do not support their efforts, according to a new analysis of innovation in the federal workforce by the Partnership for Public Service.
VA Eyes Cash Prizes to Generate Ideas for New Health Record
The Veterans Affairs Department plans to develop its next generation electronic health record through challenges and cash prize competitions, a tactic that proved successful on previous projects such as one to provide patients with online access to their health records.
Federal Social Media Registry Looks to Expand
The General Services Administration’s federal social media registry allows those with a .gov or .mil email address to register federal accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and, soon, Instagram.
ICITE Shifts from Pilot to Planning
ICITE, the intelligence community’s burgeoning shared IT environment that aims to improve how agencies share mission-critical data among themselves and with partners, is moving from the pilot to planning stage.
ATF Plans New Case Management System
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is planning to replace its legacy case management system with a modern, unified tool that gives investigators and attorneys access to case files, supports their updated business management system, works across mobile phones and tablets, and can support data from the retired system.
DoD CIO Takai to Step Down
Defense Department CIO Teri Takai stepped down from her position last week, after serving as the department’s top IT official since November 2010.